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Disambiguation: For the species Eupodotis ruficrista, see Red-crested Bustard.

Male
Photo by Mustafa Adamjee
Tsavo East National Park, Kenya, July 2020
Lophotis gindiana

Eupodotis gindiana

Identification

Length 46-53 cm (18-21 in)

  • Black belly
  • No white in wings

Similar Species

Smaller than Black-bellied Bustard and Hartlaub's Bustard.

Distribution

Southeastern Sudan to southern Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and northern Tanzania.

Female
Photo by megan perkins
Tsavo East, Kenya. April 2006

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Lophotis vs. Eupodotis

Some authorities (Clements 2015) place Savile's Bustard, Buff-crested Bustard and Red-crested Bustard in the genus Eupodotis. However, Dickinson (2014) and Gill & Donsker (2015) place these three taxa in Lophotis.

Habitat

Dry woodland; seldom in open grassland.

Behaviour

Diet

There is not too much information available. They do eat seeds, green herbage and insects. They are thought to eat many ants.

Breeding

Their clutch contains 1-2 eggs, which are laid in a nest on bare ground.

Vocalisation

Piercing whistles and clicks before display flight.

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. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Sibley, CG and BL Monroe. 1996. Birds of the World, on diskette, Windows version 2.0. Charles G. Sibley, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
  4. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  5. Collar, N. (2020). Buff-crested Bustard (Eupodotis gindiana), 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.bucbus1.01

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