Southern ground-hornbill groups usually consist of two to nine birds, led by a breeding female, an alpha male and male helpers. They are listed as endangered in South Africa with an estimated 417 breeding groups across their range. They are slow breeders, communal groups raise a single chick every six years. Data shows that only one chick reaches adulthood in a nine year period.
The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project manages the metapopulation in South Africa. They aim to increase the population by harvesting the second egg from wild nests and hand raising the chick. Ground-hornbills lay two eggs; the second egg is an insurance policy and will die after the first chick hatches.
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