KUALA TERENGGANU (The New Straits Times): The next time you see a durian tree, do not just covet the fruit but keep your eyes peeled for a hornbill!
That’s right, the tree that provides the king of fruits is also the castle for these magnificent birds, according to the Malaysian Nature Society.
MNS Bird Conservation Council chairman Ooi Chin Hock said that now hornbills are nesting in the cavities of durian trees.
This is because a hornbill’s nest requires the cavity to be of a certain shape and size, which is found in durian trees.
“I also think it is easier to find food, such as insects or small birds, especially around durian orchards.
“I would like to ask owners of durian trees to inspect them before chopping it down.
“These birds are creatures of habit as they tend to return to the same nest to lay eggs. Any disturbances, including noise pollution, would guarantee they will not return
“I would like the public to notify us when they spot a hornbill nesting in a durian tree so we could monitor them,” he said, adding that a hornbill would spend between three to four months during the nesting period
Usually these birds would nest in Tualang, Meranti or any big trees with a cavity.
But it has opted for durian trees after the destruction of their habitat due to logging.
Ooi said the first time he heard of the birds nesting in a durian tree was in 2005, after which he received more reports of similar incidents.