Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52458

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Bucorvidae
Genus:Bucorvus
Genus species:Bucorvus leadbeateri

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:90-100 cm
Weight:3-4 kg
Identification:The Southern ground hornbill is black with white primaries. It has a throat patch that is bare and inflatable. The male's throat patch is red, and the female's is violet-blue.
Habitat:Savannas, woodlands, grasslands
Diet:Carnivore: insects, hares, tortoises, snakes, carrion, frogs, snails
Reproduction:Southern ground hornbills breed from October to November. Nests usually contain the dominant breeding pair and one or more adult male helpers. The female lays 1-2 eggs that are incubated for 37-43 days. Only one (or even fewer) chick may be fledged. Breeding may not occur every year.
The Southern ground hornbill often forms territorial groups with 3-6 individuals.
Behavior:Foraging is done on the ground with the bill being used for digging.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Southern ground hornbills will often attack their own reflections in windows.

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-equatorial Africa Date:1966-12 Subjects:perching birds
Southern ground hornbill
Leadbeateri's ground hornbill
Hornbills
Coraciiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52458