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The Omnivorous Hornbill
Hornbills are quite a common sight in Brunei, especially in the district of Belait where they have learnt to blend themselves with the cities and its surrounding; flying across the road, jumping from tree to tree looking for food.
Many of us have the misconception that hornbills, as beautiful and elegant looking as they are, with their black and white coats, are herbivore. Or at most, occasionally have some small insects such as grasshoppers or cicadas in its diet. Read about my friend’s interesting account of that here: When Birds Get Territorial.
But did you know they are actually omnivores? Behind that classy looking James Bond themed outfit, is a bird who can eat other birds! I’ve seen it happen a few times before from the window of my room on the 1st-floor; and this time, I was lucky enough to capture the mighty hornbill show its true colours.
Please be advised that your perception of hornbills will never be the same ever again if you choose to read on.
Hornbills usually travels in pairs; the male and female. The male is the one with the horn attached to its beak while the female is usually without the horn.
WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT READ ON IF SEEING CUTE LITTLE BIRDIES GET EATEN.
Still think the hornbill is beautiful and majestic?