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Bustard-like birds in Saudi Arabia

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Old Thursday 16th February 2006, 21:54   #1
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Bustard-like birds in Saudi Arabia

Hi, just moved here and saw some bustard-like birds for sale in a market in Qatif.
The Arabic name given by the seller was "ostrich", but they sure aren't ostriches--all fluffy and striped, about 12 inches tall. They appeared immature.

I've attached a photo, since that will be better than a verbal description [sorry that the photo's not the best but I didn't want too arract to much attention].

Anyone have an idea what they are?

Also, any suggestions as to a good bird guide for the Arabian gulf area?

Thanks!
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Old Thursday 16th February 2006, 22:11   #2
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Hi, they look a bit like young Emu to me.

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Old Thursday 16th February 2006, 22:48   #3
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I agree with Andy. The strongly striped look is pretty typical of Emu chicks. Ostrich chicks tend to be more mottled and speckled without the obvious stripes. Cassowary chicks are very similar to Emu chicks, but they have unstreaked necks & heads.
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They are emu chicks. Wonder why somebody breeds them...

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Also, any suggestions as to a good bird guide for the Arabian gulf area?
The one and by far the best:

Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East
R. F. Porter, S. Christensen, and P. Schiermacker-Hansen
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