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Hartlaub's Bustard - BirdForum Opus

Photo by volker sthamer
Turmi, Ethiopia
Lissotis hartlaubii


Male 60 cm (23½ in)

  • Thick black post-ocular line
  • Thick black line from the eye down to the throat
  • Separated by white spot
  • Blackish lower back, rump and tail

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Immature male
Photo by Glen Tepke
Amboseli National Park, Kenya, 13 June 2009

Similar to Black-bellied Bustard. Hartlaub should show nice white spikes on upperparts (white margins) combined with reduced dark centers. Tertials are hardly visible (barred in Black-bellied, uniform in Hartlaub)


Africa: found from eastern Sudan to Ethiopia, Somalia, northeastern Uganda and northern Tanzania.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Eupodotis vs. Lissotis

Some authorities (Sibley & Monroe, 1996) lump the genus Lissotis within Eupodotis. However, Clements (2007) and Howard & Moore (2003) have split Lissotis as a separate genus, and the Opus follows in this consensus.


Tall grassland in open areas with scattered acacia trees.



There is little information; they are known to eat invertebrates and some vegetable matter.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)
  3. Kenya Birds

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