We’ve all heard how good things take time, right? Well, Southern Ground Hornbills, the largest hornbill species, swear by this adage as one mating pair produces just two eggs every nine years, and before anyone points out their prolonged breeding practice, only one of the two chicks survives. Don’t you wish it were faster, given the Savannahs and woodlands of Africa are the only primary home of these black-bodied and curved-billed vulnerable species? Yeah, same.
Talking of distinct features, it possesses a bright red patch of skin on the face extending towards the neck region, which contains another speck of purple among the brood females. Now, that accounts for fashion differences among the two genders, though as far as the food choices are concerned, both factions love getting close to the ground and preying upon small insects, reptiles, and seeds.
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- Known for being territorial and highly social birds that rear their offspring in groups, which involves extensive parental guidance and may last up to two years. This process is the longest of any bird species that has been observed.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No