Coraciiformes Taxon Advisory Group -
Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)
SSP Manager: Roger Sweeney - Virginia Zoo
The adult male has black plumage with the exception of white primaries. The bill is black with a low-ridged casque at the base. The eyes are yellow, while the legs and feet are black. Bare skin surrounding the eyes and on the throat is red. Prior to molting, the body feathers appear sooty brown due to deteriorating
condition. Body size is approximately 90-100cm in height with weights
typically ranging from 3.4 - 6.1 kg.
of the adult female is similar to that of the adult male with the exception
of a violet-blue patch on the front of the throat and down the sides of
the neck. The female is also slightly smaller than the male. Height is
slightly less than that of the male and body weight ranges from 2.2 -
Burundi, Southern Kenya, north to Eldoret and Turkwell, Southeast Zaire,
Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Northern Namibia, North and Eastern
Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, North and Eastern South Africa.
ground hornbills are found south of the equator in African savannahs.
They are common in woodlands, savanna, and grasslands but avoid heavily
Southern Ground Hornbill Gallery
Southern Ground Hornbill Bibliography