Hornbill (Abyssinian)

Hornbill (Abyssinian)

Cornóg thalún Aibisíneach

  • Scientific name: Bucorvus abyssinicus
  • IUCN status: Near threatened
  • Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia
  • Diet: Omnivore – fruits, insects, lizards, snakes, nestling birds

These turkey-sized birds are ground-dwelling and walk rather than hop like other hornbills. Nests are built in crevices where the female lays two eggs.

Keeper’s Secret

The neck wattle of the Abyssinian ground-hornbill can be inflated and used to make a grunting call – rather like a deep dog bark.

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