Not his most attractive….

There was no apologizing from this fella.

I thought he was ugly, though others in our group thought he was distinctive; and we all agreed he was NOT attractive.

He strode with attitude towards our van, apparently not in the least concerned with us so close by.

This bird is large; 90 to 129 cm (36 to 51 in) long.

Females weigh 2.2 to 4.6 kg (4.8 to 10.1 lbs), while the larger males weigh 3.5 to 6.2 kg (7.6 to 13.6 lbs).

The Southern Ground Hornbill is characterized by black coloration and vivid red patches of bare skin on the face and throat (yellow in juvenile birds).

The beak is black and straight and presents a casque, more developed in males. Female Southern Ground Hornbills are smaller and have violet-blue skin on their throats.

Its habitat comprises savannahs, woodlands and grasslands.

It can be found from northern Namibia and Angola to northern South Africa to Burundi and Kenya.

This Hornbill is a vulnerable species, mainly confined to national reserves and national parks.

They live in groups of 5 to 10 individuals including adults and juveniles. Often, neighboring groups are engaged in aerial pursuits.

They forage on the ground, where they feed on reptiles, frogs, snails, insects and mammals up to the size of hares.


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