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Rüppell's Bustard - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Rüppell's Korhaan

Heterotetrax rueppelii

Eupodotis rueppelii

Photo by safariranger


60 cm. Grey head and neck, black stripes down the throat (less marked in females), through the eye, and on the sides of the neck, and white cheeks. The body is sandy brown above, and white below. The legs are sandy yellow-brown.


Arid, coastal, southern Angola and western Namibia.


Two subspecies are recognized:1

  • H. r. rueppellii - Arid coastal sw Angola (Benguela) to nw Namibia
  • H. r. fitzsimonsi - S Namibia (Maltahöhe to Windhoek)




Usually seen singly, in pairs, or in small groups. Forage while walking, for invertebrates, seeds and leaves.


Monogamous; probably group-territorial. The nest is a shallow scrape in stony ground. One to three eggs are laid year-round, peaking in April-May.


Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

  1. Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ & Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Robert's Birds of Southern Africa, 7th edition. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 0620340533

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