Males of the species can weigh up to approximately 6 kilograms (13 pounds). They are found in eastern and southern Africa, typically nesting in large tree holes and occasionally rock cavities. The species is considered vulnerable due to illegal hunting, poisoning, and destruction of nesting habitat. Photographed at Parc des Oiseaux, France.
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