About Conference

Important Dates

Early Bird Registration : 31st December 2016

Abstract Submission : 31st October 2016

Full Paper Submission : 31st January 2017

Conference Date

May 16 – 18, 2017   (Tuesday – Thursday)


The theme of the conference is “Hornbills: Fly Free Fly High”.

Fly free – hornbills are conserved and protected without being harmed, poached & hunted, have a place to stay in nature, availability of food resources and to fly wherever and whenever they desired

Fly high – Brave voyagers of the land, achieving greater heights and distance

Tentative Programme

16th May 2017 (Tuesday)



8.00 am


Opening Ceremony

8.45 am


Arrival of Invited Guests and Media

Arrival of Guest of Honour

  • Welcoming Speech by Chief Executive Officer, SARAWAK FORESTRY

  • Officiating Speech by Guest of Honour

Officiating Gimmick
Presentation of Memento

10.15 am

Keynote Address by Dr Pilai Poonswad

Hornbill Research Foundation, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University Bangkok,


11.00 am

Presentation of Memento

11.30 am


SESSION 1:   Conservation Status of Hornbills - Threats, Trade, Population
Chairperson:  Dr.Vijak Chimchome

1.00 pm-1.15 pm

Future Outlook Of Building Indonesian Hornbill National Monitoring Protocol
Speaker: Nurul L. Winarni

1.15 pm-1.30 pm

Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros Unduladtus) In Mount Ungaran Central Java: Status And Factors That Threatening Its Existence
Speaker: Margareta R

1.30 pm-1.45 pm

Ecology and Conservation of Rufous-necked Hornbill in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, Bhutan
Speaker: Sonam Dorji

1.45 pm-2.00 pm

Securing hornbill conservation in the Indian Eastern Himalaya.
Speaker: Dr Aparajita Datta

2.00 pm-2.15 pm

Distribution And Habitat Ecology Of Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocycerous gingalensis) And Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthrococeros coronatus) In North Central Province, Sri Lanka.
Speaker: Dr Sriyani Wickramasinghe

2.15 pm-2.30 pm

Population Estimates By Incorporating Species Occurrences Probability Of Critical Endangered Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax Vigil) In Kalimantan
Speaker: Yokyok Hadiprakarsa and Nurul L. Winarni

2.30 pm-2.45 pm

Status And Distribution Of Hornbills In Bangladesh
Speaker: Sayam U. Chowdhury

2.45 pm-3.00 pm

Implications of conservation genetics for the Southern Ground-Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)
Speaker: Lucy V. Kemp

3.00 pm-3.20 pm

Question and Answer Session for Session 1

3.20 pm-3.40 pm

Tea break

SESSION 2    :    Hornbill Biology and Husbandry
Chairperson  : Dr. Pilai Poonswad

3.40 pm-3.55 pm

Breeding Season Diet And Nest Tree Utilization By Great And Malabar Pied Hornbills In A Riparian Forest Of Southern India
Speaker: P. Balasubramanian

3.55 pm-4.10 pm

Genetic Variability Coi Gene Of Wreathed Hornbill In Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Indonesia
Speaker: Jarulis

4.10 pm-4.25 pm

Inset Tree Cavity Nesting Site: A Method Of Cavity Creation For Oriental Pied Hornbill
Speaker: Kwan, Samantha

4.25 pm-4.40 pm

The Application Of Artificial Nest Boxes For Hornbill Conservation In Kinabatangan, Malaysia
Speaker: Ravinder Kaur

4.40 pm-5.00 pm

Question and Answer Session for Session 2

Welcoming Dinner

7.00 pm

7.15 pm

7.25 pm



Arrival of Conference Delegates, Invited Guests and media

Arrival of Chairman, SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation Sdn Bhd

Arrival of Deputy State Secretary, Sarawak

  • Welcoming Speech by Deputy State Secretary, Sarawak

  • Dinner Commences

  • Entertainment


17th May 2017 (Wednesday)



SESSION 2 (Continue)   :  Hornbill Biology and Husbandry
Chairperson :  Mr. Oswald Braken Tisen

8.15 am–8.30 am

Food Availability, Food Selection And Feeding Behavior In Breeding And Non-Breeding Seasons Of Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill (SLGH) (Ocecerous gingalensis) In Mihintale Sanctuary
Speaker: Wijerathne.I,L

8.30 am-8.45 am

Great Hornbill Casque Functions As A Thermoregulatory Radiator
Speaker: Stephen K Slaughter

8.45 am-9.00 am

Hand rearing of Indian Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros birostris) chicks at Wild-CER, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Speaker: Bahar S. Baviskar

9.00 am-9.15 am

Revisiting the Coevolution of Hornbills and Mallophagan Lice
Speaker: Juan Carlos T. Gonzales

9.15 am-9.30 am

DNA recovery and analysis from Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) casques and its potential application in wildlife law enforcement.
Speaker: Kanita Ouithavon

9.30 am-9.45 am

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) In West Brunei. Successful Nest Box Breeding in a Residential Environment. 
Speaker:  Anna Coyajee-van Rietschoten

9.45 am-10.00 am

Cavity Management enhanced the allelic distribution of Great Hornbills in Eastern Khao Yai National Park
Speaker: Nareerat Viseshakul

10.00 am-10.15 am

Tea Break

10.15 am–10.30 am

Breeding Biology and Nesting Behaviour of Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) in Tropical Rainforest and Human-Modified Landscapes in Anamalai Hills, India Speaker: Pawar Pooja


Diet of Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostris during the breeding season in Central India
Speaker : Dr. Jayant Wadatkar


Question and Answer Session for Session 2

SESSION 3   :  Habitat Fragmentation and Connectivity
Chairperson  : Prof Dr. Andrew Alek Tuen

11 am-11.15 am

Spatial Distribution And Habitat Choice Of Two Sympatric Species Of Hornbills In Vidarbha, Maharashtra, Central India
Speaker: G.A.Wagh

11.15 am-11.30am

Community Structure Of Hornbill In Oil Palm Landscape
Speaker: Gilang Fajar Ramadhan

11.30 am-11.45 am

Hornbills In Fragmented Forest Areas In Palm Oil Plantation, Pt. Tidar Kerinci Agung, Sumatra
Speaker: Fernando Dharma

11.45 am-12 pm

Flying Free And Flying High: What 11 Years Of Ringing And Resightings Data Can Show Us About Dispersal In The Endangered Southern Ground-Hornbill
Speaker: Kate Carsten

12pm-12.15 pm

How many and how far do large hornbills disperse seeds? Insights from north-east India.
Speaker: Rohit Naniwadekar

12.15 pm-12.30 pm

Question and Answer Session for Session 3

12.30 pm-1.15 pm


SESSION  3 (Continue)   :    Habitat Fragmentation and Connectivity
Chairperson  : Ms. Lucy V Kemp

1.15 pm-1.30 pm

Home range size and habitat use of Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis) : 7 years of satellite tracking
Speaker:  Dr Vijak Chimchome

1.30 pm-1.45 pm

Distribution Of Hornbills And Important Hornbill Landscapes In Peninsular Malaysia
Speaker: Yeap Chin Aik

1.45 pm-2.00 pm

Effects of the abundance of ripening fruiting of hornbill–food trees on nesting attempt of two large hornbill species, Great and Wreathed Hornbills,in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Speaker: Narong Jirawatkavi

2.00 pm-2.15 pm

The Forest without Hornbills: Comparing the Forests of Breeding and Non-breeding Sites of Hornbills in the Southern Tenasserim Western Forest Complex Corridor in Thailand
Speaker: Dr Jirapom Teampanpong

2.15 pm-2.30 pm

Using Argos Satellite Transmitter (Ptts) To Identify Hornbill-Stopover Sites Along The Western Thailand
Speaker: Sitthichai Jinamoy

2.30 pm-2.50 pm

Question and Answer Session for Session 3 (Continue)

2.50 pm-3.10 pm

Tea break

SESSION 4    :    Importance of Hornbills - Ecosystem, Culture, Tourism and Awareness
Chairperson  : Dr. Aparajita Datta

3.10 pm-3.25 pm

Do People Care? The Awareness Of Local Communities In Miri Towards Hornbills At Piasau Nature Reserve, Sarawak
Speaker: Mathew Jenang

3.25 pm-3.50 pm

Hornbills: Connecting Environment, Economy and Culture in Bhutan
Speaker: Rinchen Wangchuck

3.50 pm-4.05 pm

Ecology, People’s perception and conservation threats of Rufous-necked Hornbill in South Central Bhutan 
Speaker: Kinley

4.05 pm-4.20 pm

The value of cultural protection in transformed habitat for conservation of hornbills
Speaker: Nthabiseng Monama

4.20 pm-4.35 pm

From Pre-Brookes to Hot, Flat, and Crowded World: Is Changes in Indigenous Knowledge, Beliefs and Practices Seriously Affecting Hornbills Conservation?
Speaker: Victor Luna Amin

4.35 pm-4.50 pm

Question and Answer Session for Session 4

5.10 pm



18th May 2017 (Thursday)



SESSION 5    :   Drafting of resolutions
Chairperson:   Mr Oswald Braken Tisen / Prof Dr Andrew Alek Tuen

8.00 am-10.00 am

Panel Discussion:  All Session Chairs and Invited Resource Persons


10.00 am-10.20 am

Tea Break


Closing Ceremony

10.20 am

10.30 am


12 noon

Arrival of Invited Guests and Media

Arrival of Guest of Honour

  • Closing Speech by Guest of Honour

  • Presentation of Memento

End/ Lunch




Post-Conference Tour

1.45 pm

Gather at Hotel Lobby (Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching)

2.00 pm

Departure to Post Conference venue


Expected arrive at hotel


Conservation Strategy and Action Plan for Helmeted Hornbill Working Group meeting (30pax) – Kubah National Park

Day 1, 19 May 2017 (Friday)
Workshop Commence
Day 2, 20 May 2017 (Saturday)
8am-5pmWorkshop Continue


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