Black Hornbill

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Scientific Name: Anthracoceros malayanus

Malay Name: Kelingking Hitam

Chinese Name: 黑斑犀鸟

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 76 cm

Identification: Adult has all black plumage with broadly white-tipped outertail and unmarked yellowish-white bill and casque. Female resembles male but has blackish bill/casque and pinkish orbital skin. Juvenile has pale greenish-yellow bill and underdeveloped casque.

Similar looking species: Oriental Pied Hornbill

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth and wooded area.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually found in pairs or small flocks.

Local Status: Very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2018)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


BirdLife International. (2018). Anthracoceros malayanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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