The Current Conservation Status of the Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus Leadbeateri in Zimbabwe

Chiweshe, Ngoni (2007) The Current Conservation Status of the Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus Leadbeateri in Zimbabwe.

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Proceedings of the 4 th International Hornbill Conference, Mabula Game Lodge, Bela-Bela, South Africa. Naturalists & Nomads, Pretoria.,The Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri, a vulnerable bird species of the eastern part of southern Africa, has declined significantly outside protected areas in Zimbabwe. Major factors contributing to this include competition for space with increasing human population (Mashonaland Plateau in particular), loss of large hollow tree trunks used for nesting, eating of poisoned baits, snaring, and shooting by householders when the birds smash window panes that reflect their images. I categorized group sightings from Zimbabwe into three land-use areas (protected areas, commercial farmland and communal lands), covering the period 1977-2005 and a few earlier sightings. The largest group sizes recorded in the three land-use areas of Zimbabwe were 12, 12 and eight respectively. The Southern Ground Hornbill is now of national concern in Zimbabwe. Although not one of the 44 ‘Specially Protected’ species under the Parks and Wildlife Act, it is one of the 34 non-protected species considered to be ‘Vulnerable’ in some way and that deserve to be monitored. It is one of ten bird species under BirdLife Zimbabwe’s ‘National Special Species Survey Project’, mainly because of its rapidly shrinking distribution range. It also has a positive place, through fear, in Zimbabwe’s African traditions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Southern ground hornbill,Bucorvus leadbeateri,Birds in Zimbabwe
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > National University of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 22:29
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 22:29

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