Sentosa - A Billed Visitor

South, Singapore
March 2014

It was a normal hot weekend afternoon at Sentosa when Merlion Wayfarer was startled by a familiar but very unexpected cry from the trees. Looking among the trees above the KFC outlet at Imbiah Station, she spotted this very surprising sight - An Anthracoceros albirostris (Oriental Pied Hornbill) in the urban jungle next to the Resorts World Sentosa!

The Oriental Pied Hornbill disappeared from Singapore in the mid-1800s, possibly due to hunting and loss of suitable habitat. In 1994, a pair was recorded from Pulau Ubin. Once thought to be extinct in Singapore, the bird is re-establishing healthy colonies here, due in large to the collective efforts of the National Parks Board (NParks), Jurong Bird Park, and Singapore Avian Conservation Project (SACP). 

Good to see you enjoying the resorts here in Sentosa, Billed Visitor!

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Aves - Bucerotidae (Hornbills)