The Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) is a threatened, turkey-sized, mainly terrestrial hornbill found in southern and parts of East Africa. Ground Hornbills stay in small family groups and move like undertakers through the bush, scanning the ground for prey such as snakes, lizards, amphibians, large insects and even tortoises, then catching them with their formidable black beaks. This adult Hornbill was flicking through a pile of Elephant dung with its bill, looking for dung beetle grubs on the H1-3 Road in Kruger National Park. When it found a grub, it would flick it into its mouth, then continue with its hunting.
CitationBob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1578950. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1578950.
Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1578950. Video of Southern Ground-hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri at Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1578950.
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