Piasau Nature Reserve welcomes arrival of new hornbill offspring

One of Juliet’s offsprings perched on a tree branch at Piasau Nature Reserve.

One of Juliet’s offsprings perched on a tree branch at Piasau Nature Reserve.

MIRI: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) is pleased to announce the addition of two offspring to the family of Jimmy and Juliet, the famous pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills at Piasau Nature Reserve (PNR).

Juliet had sealed herself in a nesting cavity since November last year and a pair of chicks were seen by PNR rangers in January 2017.

“With this addition, the couple have now produced five chicks, bringing the hornbill population at PNR to 24,” read the press statement from SFC.

The nature reserve has been known to have a small population of Oriental Pied hornbills and the first written record of the species at PNR dated back to 2005.

Driven by strong public support, the PNR which formerly was the Piasau Camp was gazetted in 2013.

Apart from being a notable breeding habitat for the Oriental Pied Hornbill, PNR is also rich in biodiversity, home to a variety of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and many more with 79 species of mature trees and plants recorded.

“The State Government through SFC therefore sees efforts to restore PNR as crucial and welcomes community members to participate in these efforts, among which is the ‘Bring Back the Rainforest’ Project launched by Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on Sept 11, 2016.”

The public through the programme can adopt a tree or a tree plot through the adoption programme offered. This includes the corporate adoption of RM50, 000 per plot (whereby 30 trees can be planted) for corporations, while individual adoptions per tree is RM3, 000.

Interested adopters may contact Piasau Nature Reserve Office at 085-644487 for further information.

Hornbill chick in the nesting cavity at House 58, Piasau Nature Reserve.

Hornbill chick in the nesting cavity at House 58, Piasau Nature Reserve.

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