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Southern Ground Hornbill

Bucorvus leadbeateri

Description:

The southern ground hornbill is characterized by black coloration and vivid red patches of bare skin on the face and throat (yellow in juvenile birds), which are generally believed to keep dust out of the birds eyes while they forage during the dry season. The white tips of the wings (primary feathers) seen in flight are another diagnostic characteristic. The beak is black and straight and presents a casque, more developed in males

Habitat:

Southern ground hornbills can be found from northern Namibia and Angola to northern South Africa to Burundi and Kenya. They require a savanna habitat with large trees for nesting and dense but short grass for foraging

Notes:

The southern ground hornbill is a vulnerable species, mainly confined to national reserves and national parks. They live in groups of 5 to 10 individuals including adults and juveniles. Often, neighbouring groups are engaged in aerial pursuits. They forage on the ground, where they feed on reptiles, frogs, snails, insects and mammals up to the size of hares.[8] Southern ground hornbills very rarely drink:[9] their range is limited at its western end by the lack of trees in which to build nests Lives at the Tracy Aviary

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CynthiaMHori
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CynthiaMHori

Bountiful, Utah, USA

Spotted on Oct 9, 2015
Submitted on Oct 9, 2015

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