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Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

Adelie Penguin

About the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

Also known as: Northern Ground Hornbill, North African Ground Hornbill, Northern Hornbill

The Abyssinian Ground Hornbill is a large species of bird found in sub-Saharan parts of Africa, north of the equator. It is one of two species of ground hornbill; the other is the Southern Ground Hornbill.

Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, also known as Northern Ground Hornbills, are striking birds. They have a black plumage with white primary feathers which are often obscured unless the bird is in flight. They have long legs and prefer walking or running over flying, when possible. Their large beaks are topped with a casque - a hard protrusion. Bare skin around the eye is blue and the throat is colored. Males have red throats and females have blue throats.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 08 November 2013
Scientific Name Bucorvus abyssinicus
  • Coraciiformes
  • Bucerotidae
  • Bucorvus
  • B. abyssinicus
Birdorable Family Toucans, Hornbills & Barbets
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 23 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
31 to 42 inches
72 inches
96 to 144 ounces


The population trend for the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill is stable and the conservation status is Least Concern as of November 2013.

International Names

  • 地犀鸟 (Chinese)
  • zoborožec havraní (Czech)
  • Abessinsk Hornravn (Danish)
  • Noordelijke Hoornraaf (Dutch)
  • kalkkunasarvekas (Finnish)
  • Bucorve d'Abyssinie (French)
  • Sudanhornrabe (German)
  • Bucorvo abissino (Italian)
  • ジサイチョウ [jisaichou] (Japanese)
  • Blåmaskehornravn (Norwegian)
  • dzioboróg abisynski (Polish)
  • Абиссинский рогатый ворон (Russian)
  • Cálao Terrestre Norteño (Spanish)
  • Nordlig markhornkorp (Swedish)