Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

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The Abyssinian Ground Hornbill is one of two species of ground hornbill. The other is the Southern Ground Hornbill.

The Abyssinian Ground Hornbill prefers to walk OR run on the ground rather than flying. Usually they only flies if it is startled, OR encounters a tall grass.

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. Their height is up to 3 ft and wingspan is up to 6 ft.

The Abyssinian Ground Hornbill 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.


Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Male Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Fort Worth Zoo

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