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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. Female Southern Ground Hornbills are smaller and have violet-blue skin on their throats. Juveniles to six years old lack the prominent red pouch, but have a duller patch of grey in its place(wikipedia)

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:

Saw this bird in Tanzania

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john.fermanis.sr
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john.fermanis.sr

Dodoma, Dodoma, Tanzania

Spotted on Mar 8, 2010
Submitted on Mar 8, 2014

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