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Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat


Southern Africa (from BirdLife International 2012 unless otherwise noted)

  • Northern-most populations in Kenya
    • Southwest through Burundi to Angola and Northern Namibia
    • South through Botswana and into eastern South Africa
  • Southern-most populations in Eastern Cape, South Africa (Hulley and Craig 2007)

Native countries (from BirdLife International 2012 unless otherwise noted)

  • East Africa
    • Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe
  • Central Africa
    • Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Southern Africa
    • Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland

Sympatric with the Northern Ground Hornbill

  • Small regional overlap in southern Kenya (Kemp and Boesman 2001)


Woodland and savanna (from BirdLife International 2012 unless otherwise noted)

  • Frequents adjoining grasslands

Elevation range

Distribution Map

Southern Ground Hornbill distribution map

Adapted from according to IUCN fact sheet . Click here or on map for detailed distribution (IUCN).

Page Citations

BirdLife International (2012)
Hulley and Craig (2007)
Kemp and Boesman (2001)

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