Burundi 5-FRANCS (KM29) Southern ground hornbill
In 2014, Burundi issued a commemorative set of coins featuring birds. The combined mintage of 1.8 million indicates they are intended for circulation.
The Southern ground hornbill (aka Bucorvus leadbeateri) is the largest species of hornbill, growing up to 129 cm long. Their big size and big voices made them a focal point in many traditional African cultures, leading to taboos on hunting them. Now, mostly due to habitat loss and slow breeding, they are vulnerable to extinction.
- Diameter: 26 mm
- Composition: Aluminum
- CAT#: KM29