The Ground Hornbills are large-sized birds that are still extant today. They are ground-dwelling in behavior, which is very different from most other Hornbills from the Bucerotidae-family. Ground Hornbills hunt actively on reptiles, like lizards and snakes, amphibians and small birds.
Distribution & Fossil evidence
The still extant species of Ground Hornbill are endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa, but fossils have also been found in Morocco. There's no evidence of this family outside the African continent.
Three species of Bucorvus, the only genus within this family, are recognized, of which two are still extant.