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Houbara Bustard - BirdForum Opus

Chlamydotis undulata
Photo by steenl
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, November 2006


Displaying male, subspecies fuertaventurae
Photo by birdingberlin
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, February 2018

Male 65–75 cm (25½-29½ in); female 55–65 cm (21¾-25½ in)

  • Brown upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Black stripe down the sides of neck

In flight, the long wings show large areas of black and brown on the flight feathers
Sexes are similar, the female being smaller and greyer above.

Similar Species

It is slightly smaller and darker than Macqueen's Bustard.


Canary Islands and northern Africa.


Macqueen's Bustard (C. macqueenii) is now split from Houbara Bustard.


There are 2 subspecies1:

  • C. u. fuertaventurae - Eastern Canary Islands (Fuerteventura and Lanzarote)
  • C. u. undulata - North Africa (Morocco to western Nile Valley)


Arid plains and steppes; deserts and other very arid sandy areas.



Ground-nesters, the clutch consisting of 2-4 eggs.


They have a very varied diet which includes plant material such as seeds, fruits and shoots, also insects and other small creatures.


They are virtually silent.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Mar 2018)
  3. Wikipedia

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