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Kori Bustard - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo © by volker sthamer
Ngorongoro, Tanzania, 7 September 2019
Ardeotis kori

Identification

Female
Photo © by ririhugs
Kdalagadi National Park, South Africa

Male 120 cm (47¼ in); female 90 cm (35½ in)

  • Grey plumage
  • Black wings
  • White wing panel with black spots
  • Black crest
  • Yellow legs

Distribution

Disjunctly distributed in north-eastern and southern Africa.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Displaying male
Photo © by DoriM
Ngorongoro, Tanzania, April 2006

There are 2 subspecies1:

  • A. k. struthiunculus:
  • A. k. kori:

Habitat

Arid grasslands.

Behaviour

Diet

They have a very varied diet, consisting of snails, insects, seeds, berries, bulbs and acacia gum.

Breeding

The ground nest is built by the female who also incubates the eggs. She may not eat for several days. When the chicks hatch, the mother brings soft food.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collar, N. and E. F. J. Garcia (2020). Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.korbus1.01
  1. The Website of Everything

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