• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Hartlaub's Bustard - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo by volker sthamer
Turmi, Ethiopia
Lissotis hartlaubii

Identification

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

Similar Species

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)

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

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.

Habitat

Tall grassland in open areas with scattered acacia trees.

Behaviour

Diet

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

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

Recommended Citation

External Links

Top