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Hornbills (Bucerotidae)

Southern Ground-hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) - HBW 6, p. 488

French: Bucorve du Sud German: Kaffernhornrabe Spanish: Cálao Terrestre Sureño
Other common names: Ground Hornbill, African Ground Hornbill

Taxonomy: Buceros Leadbeateri Vigors, 1825, Lower Bushman River, South Africa.
Species has often been listed as B. cafer on grounds that original description of leadbeateri, based on a specimen now lost, is claimed to refer to a female of B. abyssinicus; however, convincing evidence now suggests that the lost specimen was a female of present species, so leadbeateri should be retained and cafer considered a junior synonym. Monotypic.

Distribution: S Kenya and Burundi S to Angola, N Namibia, N & E Botswana, and NE & E South Africa.