Otididae – Bustards

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) by Ian

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) by Ian

All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. (1 Corinthians 15:39 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – OTIDIFORMES, Family – Otididae – Bustards

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (26)

Great Bustard (Otis tarda)
Arabian Bustard (Ardeotis arabs)
Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori)
Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps)
Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)
Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis undulata)
Macqueen’s Bustard (Chlamydotis macqueenii)
Ludwig’s Bustard (Neotis ludwigii)
Denham’s Bustard (Neotis denhami)
Heuglin’s Bustard (Neotis heuglinii)
Nubian Bustard (Neotis nuba)
White-bellied Bustard (Eupodotis senegalensis)
Blue Korhaan (Eupodotis caerulescens)
Karoo Korhaan (Eupodotis vigorsii)
Rüppell’s Korhaan (Eupodotis rueppelii)
Little Brown Bustard (Eupodotis humilis)
Savile’s Bustard (Lophotis savilei)
Buff-crested Bustard (Lophotis gindiana)
Red-crested Korhaan (Lophotis ruficrista)
Southern Black Korhaan (Afrotis afra)
Northern Black Korhaan (Afrotis afraoides)
Black-bellied Bustard (Lissotis melanogaster)
Hartlaub’s Bustard (Lissotis hartlaubii)
Bengal Florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis)
Lesser Florican (Sypheotides indicus)
Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax)


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Bustards, including floricans and korhaans, are large and highly terrestrial birds mainly associated with dry open country and steppes in the Old World. They make up the family Otididae (formerly known as Otidae). Bustards are omnivorous and opportunistic.

Bustards are all fairly large with the two largest species, the Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori) and the Great Bustard (Otis tarda), being frequently cited as the world’s heaviest flying birds.

Bustards are omnivorous, feeding principally on seeds and invertebrates. They make their nests on the ground, making their eggs and offspring often very vulnerable to predation. They walk steadily on strong legs and big toes, pecking for food as they go. Most prefer to run or walk over flying. They have long broad wings with “fingered” wingtips, and striking patterns in flight. Many have interesting mating displays, such as inflating throat sacs or elevating elaborate feathered crests. The female lays three to five dark, speckled eggs in a scrape in the ground, and incubates them alone. (Wikipedia with editing)

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