Southern Ground Hornbill

Southern Ground Hornbill

Scientific Name

Bucorvus leadbeateri

Range

From northern Namibia and Angola to northern South Africa and southern Zimbabwe to Burundi and Kenya

Habitats

Savannahs, grasslands, shrublands

What do they eat?

Small animals; reptiles, snails, & insects

Status

IUCN lists them as vulnerable, but they are endangered in South Africa

Conservation Threats

Habitat loss, deforestation, hunting, and indirect poisoning

Fun Facts
  • These are the largest species of hornbill
  • Can live up to 60 years
  • Live in large family groups that consist of a dominant breeding pair and “helpers”
  • Have very long eyelashes which help to keep debris out of their eyes since they spend the majority of time on the ground
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