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Great Bustard

From Opus

Photo © by stefano t63Villafafila, Spain, May 2010
Photo © by stefano t63
Villafafila, Spain, May 2010
Otis tarda


[edit] Identification

105 cm (41¾ in)
Breeding male

  • Back barred black and gold
  • Broad white patch on the wing

[edit] Distribution

Immature MalePhoto © by john-henryVillafafila, Spain, May 2007
Immature Male
Photo © by john-henry
Villafafila, Spain, May 2007

Southern Palearctic, southeastern Russia to Mongolia and northeastern China.

A re-introduction programme has been started in the UK, based on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies1:

  • O. t. tarda:
  • O. t. dybowskii:

[edit] Habitat

cereal croplands, open plains and steppe, grassland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet is mainly plant based, but they also eat invertebrates, small animals and nesting birds too.

[edit] Breeding

They nest on the ground, sometimes making a scrape which is occasionally lined with pieces of grass.

[edit] Vocalisation

Listen in an external program

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)
  3. BF Member observations

[edit] Recommended Citation

[edit] External Links

Great Bustard Group, UK Re-introduction website


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