The southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) belongs to the order of bucerotiformes, which includes hornbills and hoopoes. This is the largest known species of hornbill. It lives in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa.
The southern ground hornbill can measure up to 3.25 feet tall and weighs about 13 pounds. One of the characteristics of this species is that the males are bigger than the females and, in both sexes, part of their face and neck are red.
In the wild, you can find this bird in some areas of the African continent, such as tropical and subtropical areas. It is especially suited to the savanna and forested areas.
The Bucorvus leadbeateri is a species that is active during the day, taking advantage of the first rays of sunlight to come down to the ground and search for food during a large part of the day. Afterwards, it returns to the trees or rocks, where it usually makes its nests. Unlike other species in this group, males do not cover the opening of the nest with mud.
Thanks to its weighty beak, southern ground hornbills have an easier time when it comes to eating. They prefer small animals that are found on the ground, such as reptiles, frogs, insects, hares, and even fruit and seeds.