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Karoo Bustard - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Martin Hobbs
Karoo NP, South Africa, January 2011

Alternative name: Karoo Korhaan

Eupodotis vigorsii

Heterotetrax vigorsii


Photo © by balticbird
South Africa, November 2000

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.

Similar species

Rueppell's Bustard is whiter below, paler above, and has a blue-grey neck.


Africa: found in Lesotho, southern Namibia and South Africa.



There are 2 subspecies1:


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.


  1. 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/
  2. 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

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