Alternative name: Karoo Korhaan
- Eupodotis vigorsii
Length 56-60 cm (22-23¾ in); mass 1.6 kg (males), 1.35 kg (females).
A grey-brown bustard with a black throat and black patch on the nape.
In flight, wings show a black-and-buff pattern.
Rueppell's Bustard is whiter below, paler above, and has a blue-grey neck.
There are 2 subspecies1:
- E. v. namaqua - southern Namibia and northwestern South Africa
- E. v. vigorsii - southwestern South Africa.
Mainly stony Karoo shrublands.
Usually seen in pairs or small groups. Forages for invertebrates, reptiles, grass and seeds while walking.
Monogamous; cooperative breeding may occur. The nest is a shallow scrape, usually in stony ground with scattered rocks or small shrubs. A single egg is laid June to February. Incubated by the female; after hatching, chick and parents forage together.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Karoo Bustard. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 20 June 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Karoo_Bustard