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Hornbill drops in for Phuket waterfall diners

PHUKET: Visitors to a small, unnamed restaurant near the Bang Pae Waterfall in Thalang have been privy to local wildlife treat lately with the regular visits of a large hornbill.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 7 May 2018, 10:13AM

Restaurant owner Suchada Nooklap, 60, told The Phuket News on Saturday (May 5) that the hornbill, which her and her staff have yet to give a name, had been dropping by her restaurant for the past month,

“It’s not scared of people, and tourists cannot resist have their photo taken with it,” Ms Suchada said.

“It’s so comfortable with people we think that it might even have been raised in close contact with humans,” she added.

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Ms Suchada made no mention of calling any authorities to take the bird into protective care, instead at this stage choosing to leave the bird, which appears to be unharmed, free to roam.

According to Dave Williams, one of Phuket’s leading ornithologists with decades of experience of bird watching in Phuket and the surrounding area, there are 54 species of hornbill worldwide with 13 species native to Thailand, ranging from the very common Oriental Pied Hornbill to the very rarely sighted Wrinkled Hornbill.

At least eight species are commonly found in Khao Sok National Park, north of Phuket.



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Rich 44 | 07 May 2018 - 20:01:01

Billie is just a curious bird. Not harming anyone. Should be allowed to be the star of the show and have the attention received from the happy people who's lives are delighted by the friendly flyer. Tomorrow the little bird may be gone. Enjoy the good fortune. 

BenPendejo | 07 May 2018 - 14:17:58

This bird better be careful, or he's going to find himself with his wings clipped...getting dragged across the hot beach by touts during the day...then high on yaba as he makes the rounds up and down Bangla Road at night.

Asterix | 07 May 2018 - 12:35:35

The owner of the restaurant should had contacted DNP Rangers at Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary to collect the hornbill and send it back to wildlife jungle where the same hornbill family is living.

By making public the story, the owner may be in trouble with the DNP and the regulation to protect wild animals.

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