Friday, 21 March 2008

Indoor Talk: The Singapore Hornbill

The Singapore Hornbill Project (SHP) is to study the Oriental Pied Hornbills (OPH) in Singapore, especially the breeding details. It has its beginnings in 2005 in Pulau Ubin, with the support of the National Parks Board of Singapore.
It was initiated by Marc Cremades and Ng Soon Chye. Its efforts have been publicized through publications in Asian Geographic (No.35 [Issue 2/2006], p.30-41; No.49 [Issue 10/2007], p.22).

This project has already revealed a new scientific discovery of infanticide- cannibalism in Hornbills, published in the August 2007 issue of Forktail (vol.23: p,170-3, Aug). The SHP has won an international award in Toronto, Canada, in Sep 2007: the International Symposium of Breeding Birds in Captivity (ISBBC) Conservation and Research Award 2007, for integrating conservation studies in the wild and in captivity (with the Jurong Bird Park) of the Oriental Pied Hornbill in Singapore.

This talk, by Ng Soon Chye, the project’s Scientific Co-ordinator, to the MNS is an update of the findings including the successful use of artificial nest boxes in the wild for the Oriental Pied Hornbill.

Venue: Auditorium, MNS HQ, Jalan Kelantan
Time: 8.00 p.m.
Attendance is FOC. All are welcome.

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