Southern Ground Hornbills 2018-10-02T16:41:58+00:00

Project Description

Southern Ground Hornbills

Bucorvus leadbeateri

Animal Class: Birds

Height: 3 feet

Weight: 7 to 10 lbs.

Life Span: 30-40 years in the wild, 60 years in captivity

Diet: Wild: Omnivorous: small animals, insects, invertebrates, snakes, fruit, may scavenge in addition to killing prey by stabbing with its powerful bill.

Habitat: African ground hornbills live in the open, short grasslands and savanna in equatorial East and South Africa. They can be found in family groups of 8 to 12 that defend large territories.

Mostly black with white primary wing feathers seen in flight; brilliant red facial patches and wattles; females have violet-blue patch under the chin; notably long eyelashes; yellow eyes; stubby legs and toes that are partly fused; large, curved bill with knobby casque; slow, stately walking gait. Their neck wattles can be inflated to produce a booming call heard most often before dawn.

Wingspan: 4 to 6 feet.

Our Southern Ground Hornbills: Timmy (male), Lonnie (male), Seymore (male), Jenny (female) and Hodora (female)

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