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A pair of Southern Ground Hornbills we spotted scavenging on a carcass in Lake Nakuru National Park. Southern Ground Hornbills are the largest species of hornbill in the world and are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List due to habitat loss: one flock needs more than 100 sq. km of pristine habitat to survive; and with forest clearance for agriculture, compounded with fires, their sparsely spread population is steadily decreasing.
They require tall trees in which to nest and large, arid grasslands in which to forage: this specialization has left them confined to only nature reserves and parks in Africa.
Their calls can reach places up to 3 km away.