Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

Zoo Location: Avian Breeding Centre
 Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

Open grassland, bush, thin woodland.

Wild Diet

Insects, small mammals, lizards, birds.


This hornbill spends most of its time on the ground, only taking to the air to find a roost, often in flocks of a dozen or more.


The hornbill nests in holes in trees or rocks close to the ground. 2 eggs are incubated for 38 days.


Paignton Zoo has had some success in rearing these difficult breeders.

 Abyssinian Ground Hornbill


  • Latin Name: Bucorvus abyssinicus
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Bucerotidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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