Black Hornbill

Scientific Name: Anthracoceros malayanus
Malay Name: Kelingking Hitam
Chinese Name: 黑斑犀鸟

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo


Size: 76 cm

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: Rare non-breeding visitor.

Conservation Status: Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2018)

Location: A subadult male was seen feeding with a flock of Oriental Pied Hornbills at Pulau Ubin between July and August 2015 followed by a female between June 2016 and January 2017 also at Pulau Ubin. Both were presumed to be wild stocks displaced by deforestation in neighbouring Johor while earlier sightings of this species at the Central Catchment Forest in the 1990s were mostly likely escapees.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2018). Anthracoceros malayanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.