The Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri
) is a very large, 42" (107cm), uncommon bird, found in protected areas in the west of Kenya.
Pairs, or small family groups walk slowly through grassland, looking for insects and vertabrates, up to the size of a young Hare
. A group will bully Vultures off a carcus and scavenge the meat.
The female features a violet-blue area around the chin and upper throat. Juveniles are more brown, with paler red facial markings. An inflatable red sac is on the chin and throat. Incredibly long eyelashes surround pale yellow eyes.
They are reluctant fliers, but do fly to roost in trees overninght, revealing white outer flight feathers. They have a deep call "oomp - oomp-wa-woomp", which carries for quite a distance.