The Southern Ground Hornbill [Bucorvus leadbeateri] is one of two species of ground hornbill and is the largest species of hornbill.

Southern Ground Hornbill

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), which are generally believed to keep dust out of the birds eyes while they forage during the dry season. The white tips of the wings (primary feathers) seen in flight are another diagnostic characteristic.

Hornbills are among the most conspicuous, noisy and engaging of large birds in savanna and forest.

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