Dear members and friends,
Have you seen any hornbills anywhere in Perak recently? If you have, the Perak Branch Bird Group would like to hear from you!
Why the interest in hornbills, you ask? Well, hornbills are specialized birds that feed mainly on the wild fruits that are found in our forests. When a forest has been badly disturbed, with most of its fruit trees gone, it can no longer support hornbills. Thus hornbills are “indicator” species as you can tell the well-being of a forest by the range of hornbill species found there. We want to know how our forests in Perak are doing and where and what hornbills are found there.
MNS is the only organisation carrying out hornbill research in Malaysia, having started this in Belum-. Temengor in 2004. So far, the study has shown that BT is the most important site for hornbills in Malaysia, with all 10 Malaysian species of hornbills recorded there. In addition, nests of several hornbill species have been discovered and are currently being documented.
(Video by Dr Chan Kai Soon)
In May 2009, the MNS Hornbill Project was extended to Perak, with the task of surveying for hornbills handed to the Bird Group. Some 46 sites, mainly forest reserves, were short-listed for checking and up to March 2010, we have carried out 112 surveys. Our intrepid band of “hornbillers” reported 104 hornbill encounters of 8 species of hornbills. We need more “hornbillers” to fill gaps in our current knowledge of hornbill distribution in Perak. If you see any hornbills, please contact the Bird Group Co-ordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following details of your sighting: date & time; name of location (gps, map co-ordinates or nearest town); species (if not sure, please refer www.hornbills.org); number of individuals and behaviour (in flight, perched etc).
Lim Kim Chye
MNS Perak Bird Group Co-ordinator