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SPECIES INFO

The Abyssinian Ground-hornbill or Northern Ground-hornbill, Bucorvus abyssinicus, is one of two species of ground-hornbill. The other is the Southern Ground-hornbill.

The Abyssinian Ground-hornbill is an African bird, found north of the equator. Groups of ground-hornbills have territories of 2-100 square miles. They are diurnal

In captivity, they can live 35-40 years. Diet in the wild consists of a wide variety of small vertebrates and invertebrates, including tortoises, lizards, spiders, beetles, and caterpillars; also takes carrion, some fruits, seeds, and groundnuts.

Description A pair at Fort Worth Zoo The species has long eye lashes as seen on this female identified by a blue throat pouch.

The Abyssinian Ground-hornbill weighs about three kilograms, and has long bare legs for walking. The male has a red throat pouch and the female has a blue throat pouch. Modified feathers form long eyelashes, which protect their eyes from dust.





                                     



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