An adult Southern Ground Hornbill hunting for dung beetle larvae in Elephant Dung

An adult Southern Ground Hornbill hunting for dung beetle larvae in Elephant Dung
Species: Southern Ground-hornbill   Bucorvus leadbeateri
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Added to IBC: 21 Apr 2019 - 08:25
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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.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1578950. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1578950.

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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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