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Oriental Pied Hornbill is Koh Chang’s Tall Trees Surprise

Oriental Pied Hornbill

Oriental Pied Hornbill

Koh Chang is blessed with a natural wonder in Oriental Pied Hornbill. As a species of hornbill in the Bucerotidae family, the Oriental Pied Hornbill is endemic in Southeast Asia. Its natural habitat is the subtropical or the tropical rainforests and with this type of habitation, Koh Chang’s offered a natural sanctuary for this species.

 

Anthracoceros albirostris is the scientific name of the Oriental Pied Hornbill. It is considered a large bird at about 70 centimeters in length and has black and white plumage. Its distinguishing feature is its large, long bill. Though its bill appears as heavy but in reality it’s not because it is not made of solid bone but of honeycombed tissue. Adult Oriental Pied Hornbill has a knob on top of the bill which is yellow-white. The male is distinguished by larger knob with few black marks, while the female has smaller knob. As a black and white bird, its physical features include a white belly and thighs, and white accents around its eye area, on its wing tips and tail. The Oriental Pied Hornbills eat mainly wild fruits, but they also take insects and small animals like lizards, frogs, insects, birds and mammals. They often seen in pairs or small groups and made distinct with their harsh and penetrating loud staccato cackling yak-yak-yak calls.

 

Oriental Pied Hornbills nest in a suitable hole in tall trees. The male usually seals the female inside the hole with a plaster of mud and fibrous materials. A narrow slit is left open so the male can feed the female and the chicks with fruits, insects, lizards and sometimes small birds. When the chicks are grown up and ready to take their first flight away from the nest, both the male and female adult parents clear and open wide the hole of the tree for easy exit. Though in general condition, the Oriental Pied Hornbill is classified as “least concern” in the conservation status, but in some countries such as Singapore it is regarded as “critically endangered” due to rising incidence of hunting for its meat, feathers and bill. In Koh Chang, they enjoy the relative protection as the area is under Mu Koh Chang National Park.





published: 21.10.2012

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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