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Southern ground hornbill

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.

Scientific name:

Bucorvus leadbeateri

Species:

Bucorvus leadbeateri

Family:

Bucorvidae

Order:

Bucerotiformes

Class:

Birds

Diet

Fruit, seeds, reptiles, birds, etc.

Pregnancy

Between 37 and 43 days

Number of puppies

2

Lifespan

More than 15 years

Weight

Up to 13 pounds

Size

3,25 feet

Characteristics of the southern ground hornbill

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.

Habitat of the southern ground hornbill

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.

Behavior of the southern ground hornbill

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.

What do southern ground hornbills eat

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.

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Habitat


Savanna.