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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Ethological evidence of adaptive predation of oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) on farmed swiftlet (Aerodramus spp.) in Kalabakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Chong, Ju Lian; Yeap, Chin Aik; Yong, Jean W.H; Kumaran, Jayaraj Vijaya; Nelson, Bryan Raveen; Loh, Ing Hoe


The Oriental Pied Hornbill is one of the ten species of hornbills found in Malaysia, and known to be an adaptable species with regard to utilising available food resources, although there is not much information about its foraging behaviour where its habitat overlap with human activities. We observed an opportunistic behaviour of a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills preying on farmed edible bird nest swiftlets, in the state of Sabah, Malaysia as captured by closed circuit television utilised by an edible bird nest entrepreneur. A more detailed study could better assist and determine the frequency of this particular predation-prey interaction which may be a new cause of human-wildlife conflict in Malaysia and illuminating the diet diversity and adaptive ability of this hornbill species to seeking their dietary range.


Bucerotidae; Apodiformes; Adaptability; Human-wildlife conflict

Published in

Acta Ecologica Sinica
2022, volume: 42, number: 4, pages: 255-258

Authors' information

Chong, Ju Lian
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Yeap, Chin Aik
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biosystems and Technology
Kumaran, Jayaraj Vijaya
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
Nelson, Bryan Raveen
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Loh, Ing Hoe
RMIT Vietnam

UKÄ Subject classification

Fish and Wildlife Management
Behavioral Sciences Biology

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