MELAKA: The sighting of a hornbill in urban Melaka on Sunday (Jan 12) has led many to ask if Sarawakian hornbills had crossed the South China Sea.
However, Melaka Agriculture, Agro-Based, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Committee chairman Norhizam Hassan Baktee says no.
According to him, hornbills are also native to Melaka and are a protected species here.
Norhizam said Melaka is home to Oriental-pied hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) and the birds are a common species here.
"It's not rare to sight these birds in rural Melaka but they are hardly spotted in densely populated areas in the historic city," he said on Sunday (Jan 11).
Hence, Norhizam said urban residents were sometimes surprised to see the birds roosting on rooftops or electric poles.
Earlier Sunday, a hornbill was spotted at Klebang and Pulau Gadong here.
Norhizam said the species is also found in India, Nepal, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia.
He said that apart from the Oriental-pied, Malaysia had other species of hornbill, including the Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus), Bushy-crested Hornbill (Anorrhinus galeritus), White-crowned (crested) Hornbill (Berenicornis comatus), Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) and Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil).
Norhizam said he hopes to meet the Malaysian Nature Society’s bird conservative council chairman Mark Ng Meng Yong to discuss how the state government can work together to help conserve birds.
“Ng has vast experience in bird conservation and we want to learn from him," he added.
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