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Leadbeater's ground hornbill information, facts - classicanimal

Leadbeater's ground hornbill is a large-sized bird species native to Africa. It is the largest hornbill in the world. They can be found in woodlands, savannas, and mostly feeds insects, small mammals. It is one of the long-living species, their lifespan can be 70 years.

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Their scientific name is Bucorvus leadbeateri. They are also known as Southern ground hornbills.

Common Name: Leadbeater's ground hornbill
Scientific Name: Bucorvus leadbeateri


Leadbeater's ground hornbills belong to the family Bucorvidae and the genus of Bucorvus. It is a species of hornbill. Their conservation status is 'Not extinct' due to hunting, habitat loss. These species are listed on the red list on ICUN.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Bucorvidae
Genus: Bucorvus
Species: B. leadbeateri
Group: Bird
Conservation Status: Not extinct


Leadbeater's ground hornbill is found in Africa. They are habitats such as woodlands, savanna.

Living Locations: Africa
Habitat: Woodlands, Savanna


Leadbeater's ground hornbill is a large-sized bird species. Thier whole body cover with black coloration and vivid red patches of bare skin on the face. Their wings have white color tips. An adult length is around 90 cm to 130 cm and the wingspan is up to 120 cm to 180 cm. Their weight around 3.2 kg to 6 kg. They can fly at speed of up to 30 km/h.

Color: Black
Weight: 3.2 kg to 6 kg (Approx)
Size: 90 cm to 130 cm (Approx)
Wingspan: 120 cm to 180 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 30 km/h (Approx)


Leadbeater's ground hornbill is mainly part of the Carnivore diet, which means they eat meats. They mostly eat insects, reptiles, small mammals.

Diet: Carnivore
Favorite Food: Insects, Reptiles, Small mammal


Leadbeater's ground hornbill has some natural predators like leopards.

Predators: Leopards


Their lifespans are in the range of 50 to 60 years, but they have up to 70 in captivity in wild. Leadbeater's ground hornbill is a diurnal and solitary animal. But sometimes they live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 60 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary


At the age of 4 to 5 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 40 to 50 days. Leadbeater's ground hornbill lay one to three eggs in a breeding season. The young are called chicks.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 4 to 5 Years
Incubation Period: 40 to 50 Days
Average Lay Eggs: 1 to 3
Baby called: Chick


  • Leadbeater's ground hornbill is the largest hornbill species in the world.
  • It is also a large bird in the world.



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