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Denham's Bustard - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Alan Manson
Midmar, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, January 2010

Alternative name: Stanley Bustard

Neotis denhami


Photo by birdboybowley
South Africa, October 2010

80–100 cm (31½-39½ in)

  • Brown upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Pale grey neck with an orange nape
  • Black crown stripes
  • Pale yellow legs
  • Brown, white and black wings

Female has lighter brown upperparts and shows less white in the wings when flying


Sub-Saharan Africa
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Niger, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland


Photo by PEC
Masai Mara, Kenya, April 2001


There are 3 subspecies1:

  • N. d. denhami:
  • N. d. jacksoni:
  • N. d. stanleyi:

An additional subspecies burchelli is not recognised by most authorities2


Grasslands and savanna; open ground, including agricultural land, flood-plains and burnt fynbos.


Classified as Near Threatened in the 2008 IUCN Red List.3


They have a very varied diet which includes insects, small vertebrates and plant material.


The male inflates his throat to display a globe of white feathers

Polygynous; no evidence of territoriality. One to two eggs are laid on the ground in a small open space between grass tufts, forbs, shrubs or rocks; incubated for 23-25 days by the female.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)
  4. BirdLife International
  5. Wikipedia

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