- Otis tarda
105 cm (41¾ in)
- Back barred black and gold
- Broad white patch on the wing
There are 2 subspecies1:
- O. t. tarda:
- Southern Palearctic
- O. t. dybowskii:
cereal croplands, open plains and steppe, grassland.
Their diet is mainly plant based, but they also eat invertebrates, small animals and nesting birds too.
They nest on the ground, sometimes making a scrape which is occasionally lined with pieces of grass.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)
- Birdforum Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Great Bustard. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 12 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Great_Bustard