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

Alternative name: Karoo Korhaan

Eupodotis vigorsii

Heterotetrax vigorsii

Identification

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.

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies1:

Habitat

Mainly stony Karoo shrublands.

Behaviour

Diet

Usually seen in pairs or small groups. Forages for invertebrates, reptiles, grass and seeds while walking.

Breeding

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.

References

  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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