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.

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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
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Keywords:bird, hornbill, kenya, southern ground hornbill, wildlife

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Female Eating an Insect

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Female Eating an Insect

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Male & Female Eating by Carcass

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Male & Female Eating by Carcass

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Female Eating Insect

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Female Eating Insect

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Female, Angled

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Female, Angled

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Family

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Family

Southern Ground Hornbills ~ Family II

Southern Ground Hornbills ~ Family II

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Pair, Walking

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Pair, Walking

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Male Capturing Caterpillar

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Male Capturing Caterpillar

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ With Tiny Caterpillar

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ With Tiny Caterpillar

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ With Hairy Caterpillar

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ With Hairy Caterpillar

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Male Eating Caterpillar

Southern Ground Hornbill ~ Male Eating Caterpillar