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Bucorvinae

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Ground-hornbill
Southern Ground Hornbill(Bucorvus leadbeateri)
 
Southern Ground Hornbill
(Bucorvus leadbeateri)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Coraciiformes
 
Family: Bucerotidae
 
Subfamily: Bucorvinae
 
Genus: Bucorvus
Lesson, 1830
Species
Bucorvus leadbeateri
Bucorvus abyssinicus

The Ground-hornbills (Bucorvinae) are a subfamily of the hornbill family Bucerotidae, with a single genus Bucorvus and two extant species:

  • Abyssinian Ground-hornbill Bucorvus abyssinicus (also known as Northern Ground-hornbill)
    Southern Ground-hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri

The subfamily is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa - Abyssinian Ground-hornbill being found in a belt from Senegal east to Ethiopia, with Southern Ground-hornbill occurring in the south and east of the continent.

A prehistoric ground-hornbill, Bucorvus brailloni, has been described from fossil bones.

Ground hornbills are large, with adults around a metre tall. Both species are ground-dwelling, unlike other hornbills. Some ornithologists raise the Ground-hornbills to family level on account of this and other distinctive features.


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