Sunday, July 15, 2018

Southern Ground Hornbill

The southern ground hornbill is the largest species of hornbill and one of two species of ground hornbill. It is found from northern South Africa and southern Zimbabwe to Burundi and Kenya, as well as northern Namibia and Angola. 
This picture of a southern ground hornbill is from Wikipedia. 
It is now rated as a vulnerable species by the IUCN

I saw one as we were driving though Hwange NP to where we were staying at The Hide. I asked the guide to stop and it took him a second and we had to back up. He commented that he had not seen one in a long while and that they were rarely seen. Unfortunately, by the time we were able to take pictures he'd moved back from the road and kept going further away. 
Here is my best photo among other even worse photos that I got. 
When we were driving from Hwange NP to the airport in Victoria Falls (still in Hwange), Judy saw another one along the side of the road (which I didn't see). 

1 comment:

  1. It looks like it would play the bad guy in a bird movie.