oa Annals of the Transvaal Museum - The biology of the Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri (Vigors) (Aves: Bucerotidae)

Volume 32, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0041-1752



Fourteen groups of the Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri were observed over five months in the Kruger National Park in the Republic of South Africa. Aspects of their activity patterns and behaviour are recorded, and their breeding biology and activity are described. B. leadbeateri is a group-territorial species with extensive spatial requirements of about 100 sq km per group. The territorial maintenance is elaborate, as is an intragroup social organisation. Each group breeds cooperatively, with a very low productivity indicating that individuals have a high survival rate. Comparison with the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill B. abyssinicus indicates that this is a distinct species with a different biology.

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