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Southern Ground Hornbill


Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri); was once a common resident in most of Zambia’s IBAs but the population has significantly declined with the species now not being recorded at all in some IBAs. The Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife reports increased illegal hunting of this bird in most national parks for the sale of body parts on the black-market for use in the synthesis of some traditional medicines. In addition, this species breeds in very large trees of which a large number have been cleared within the species range.