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Photo by Kuwaity
Photo taken: National Park, Sabiya, Kuwait
Chlamydotis macqueenii

Identification

60 cm

  • Brown above
  • White below
  • Black stripe down the sides of neck

Sexes are similar, but the female is smaller and greyer above.

Distribution

Nile Valley of Egypt to Arabian Peninsula and Pakistan.

Vagrancy

MacQueen's Bustard has a greater tendency to wander than it's fellow Chlamydotis species, the sedentary Houbara Bustard. Records stretch as far as Great Britain, mainly in the 19th century, though only recorded as Chlamydotis bustards (pre-split, see Taxonomy).

Photo by M.alkanderi
Kuwait, November 2009

Population

It has been hunted to near-extinction in the Middle East by Arab falconers. Conservation efforts by the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the United Arab Emirates have given some hope for the future of this bustard.

Taxonomy

A monotypic species.[1]

Formerly lumped within Houbara Bustard, C. undulata.

Habitat

Deserts and very arid sandy areas.

Behaviour

Breeding

The 2-4 eggs are laid on the ground.

Diet

Diet includes seeds, insects and other small creatures.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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