Bird genealogy >> Order Bucerotiformes >> Family Bucorvidae
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Serengeti National Park


Make Nikon D60
Lens Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G   at 450 mm
Exposure 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 200 
Image size 800 x 534 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Kaffernhornrabe Dutch  Zuidelijke Hoornraaf
Italian  Bucorvo meridionale Spanish  Cálao Terrestre Sureño


One of the most original birds in southern african countries. They are ground dwelling birds, flying to trees only to escape predators, and to roost or breed. They feed on the ground, eating termites, hares, and snakes among other preys. In contrast to other hornbills, they do not seal their nests. The call of ground hornbills is a low-pitched booming sound, resembling that of a lion, which can carry over long distances.

Stevenson T. and Fanshawe J.(2002): Birds of East Africa. Chritopher Helm, London.


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Southern Ground Hornbill
Bucorvus leadbeateri
Bucorve du Sud

Danielle HOCK