Opportunistic hornbills in Singapore turn nest bandits in search of protein

An oriental pied hornbill holding another bird's egg. PHOTO: KEVIN LEONG
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SINGAPORE - The oriental pied hornbills of Singapore generally favour a diet full of fruits such as figs, palm fruits and papayas.

But they sometimes crave more protein - especially females during breeding season - and their partners seem to have found an easy source of it in urban Singapore.

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