Birds

Birds

Southern ground hornbill


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Bucorvus leadbeateri
PROFILE:

Southern ground hornbills spend most of their time on the ground, while spending their nights high up in the trees. They have permanent pair bonds and their offspring spend several years with the family group protecting the territory and assisting to rear additional offspring. Southern ground hornbills are very territorial, protecting up to 20 miles of their territory from other groups of hornbills. Male Southern ground hornbills have reddish-orange eye and throat skin, while the females have an additional blue patch of skin on their red-orange throat skin.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird
NATIVE TO:
Southern portion of east Africa and parts of southern Africa
CONSERVATION STATUS:
Declining
DIET:
Carnivore (lizards, birds, snakes, insects and mammals)
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Unknown; oldest documented lived to mid-50s
SOCIAL STATUS:
Permanent pair bonds; offspring stay with group for several years to form a strong family group
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