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Arabian Bustard - BirdForum Opus

Photo by peterday
Alidege Plains, Ethiopia, November 2013
Ardeotis arabs


Photo © by birdboybowley
Ali Dege, Ethiopia, 9 October 2017

Male 100 cm; female 75cm

  • Sandy-brown upperparts, wings and centre tail feathers, finely marked with black
  • White spots on wings


Arid northwestern Africa to Red Sea and southwestern Arabia.



There are 4 subspecies1:


Grassy plains, bush and savanna.



Their main diet consists of insects, which includes grasshoppers, crickets, locusts, beetles, caterpillars etc.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collar, N., G. M. Kirwan, and E. F. J. Garcia (2020). Arabian Bustard (Ardeotis arabs), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.arabus1.01

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