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Otididae - Bustards

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Gruiformes
 Family: Otididae

Kori BustardThere are 25 species in this family of birds. Most species are found in the grasslands of Asia and Africa, although there is one species found in Australia and a few species found in Europe.

Bustards are large birds and have long legs with long toes, long necks, and pointed wings. Unlike other birds, they don't have a rear toe, so they can't perch in trees! They rarely fly, instead they stride though the grass or stand motionless looking for food like insects, lizards, and plants!

Bustards are usually a speckled or streaked brown or gray on their uppersides to help them blend in with their surroundings. They are a lighter color on their undersides.

Two of the heaviest flying birds, the Kori bustard and the great bustard, are in this family.

 

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Antarctica Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH

Arabian Bustard - Ardeotis arabs Least Concern Africa Asia
Australian Bustard - Ardeotis australis Near Threatened Australia Asia
Kori Bustard - Ardeotis kori Least Concern Africa
Great Indian Bustard - Ardeotis nigriceps Endangered Africa Asia
Houbara Bustard - Chlamydotis undulata Vulnerable Africa Asia Europe
Black Bustard - Eupodotis afra Least Concern Africa
White-quilled Bustard - Eupodotis afraoides Least Concern Africa
Blue Bustard - Eupodotis caerulescens Near Threatened Africa
Buff-crested Bustard - Eupodotis gindiana Least Concern Africa
Hartlaub's Bustard - Eupodotis hartlaubii Least Concern Africa
Little Brown Bustard - Eupodotis humilis Near Threatened Africa
Black-bellied Bustard - Eupodotis melanogaster Least Concern Africa
Rueppell's Bustard - Eupodotis rueppellii Least Concern Africa

  Red-crested Bustard - Eupodotis ruficrista Least Concern Africa
Savile's Bustard - Eupodotis savilei Least Concern Africa
White-bellied Bustard - Eupodotis senegalensis Least Concern Africa
Karoo Bustard - Eupodotis vigorsii Least Concern Africa
Bengal Florican - Houbaropsis bengalensis Critically Endangered Asia
Denham's Bustard - Neotis denhami Near Threatened Africa
Heuglin's Bustard - Neotis heuglinii Least Concern Africa
Ludwig's Bustard - Neotis ludwigii Endangered Africa
Nubian Bustard - Neotis nuba Near Threatened Africa
Great Bustard - Otis tarda Vulnerable Africa Asia Europe
Lesser Florican - Sypheotides indicus Endangered Asia
Little Bustard - Tetrax tetrax Endangered Africa Asia Europe

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Arabian Bustard - Ardeotis arabs Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia
The Arabian bustard is found in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, and Yemen.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Australian Bustard - Ardeotis australis Photos Near Threatened Australia Asia
The Australian bustard is sometimes called the bush turkey.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Australian Bustard - Ardeotis australis Photos Video Near Threatened Australia Asia
The Australian bustard is found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bengal Florican - Houbaropsis bengalensis profile Photos Critically Endangered Asia
The Bengal florican is found in India and Nepal.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bengal Florican - Houbaropsis bengalensis profile Photos Critically Endangered Asia
The Bengal florican is critically endangered because its habitat is being converted to agricultural use.
Source: Bird Life International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bengal Florican - Houbaropsis bengalensis Photos Video Critically Endangered Asia
The male Bengal florican has a crest of feathers on its head and a plume of feathers on its neck.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black Bustard - Eupodotis afra profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The black bustard is found in South Africa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-bellied Bustard - Eupodotis melanogaster profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The black-bellied bustard is found in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Blue Bustard - Eupodotis caerulescens Photos Video Near Threatened Africa
The blue bustard is found in Lesotho and South Africa.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Denham's Bustard - Neotis denhami profile Photos Near Threatened Africa
Denham's bustard is also known as Stanley's bustard. It is found in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Denham's Bustard - Neotis denhami Photos Video Near Threatened Africa
Denham's bustard does not migrate, but it sometimes moves to lower elevations in the winter.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Bustard - Otis tarda profile Photos Video Vulnerable Asia Europe
The great bustard is found in southern and central Europe as well as in Asia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Bustard - Otis tarda profile Photos Vulnerable Asia Europe
The great bustard population is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation.
Source: Bird Life International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Bustard - Otis tarda Photos Video Vulnerable Asia Europe
The great bustard weighs between 20-35 pounds and may be one of the heaviest flying animals.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Indian Bustard - Ardeotis nigriceps profile Photos Video Endangered Africa Asia
The great Indian bustard is found in India.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Indian Bustard - Ardeotis nigriceps profile Photos Endangered Africa Asia
The great Indian bustard is threatened by habitat loss.
Source: Bird Life International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Indian Bustard - Ardeotis nigriceps Photos Video Endangered Africa Asia
The great Indian bustard is a large bird with long legs, a long neck, a white body with brown wings. It has a black cap on its head.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Hartlaub's Bustard - Eupodotis hartlaubii profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa
Hartlaub's bustard is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Heuglin's Bustard - Neotis heuglinii Photos Least Concern Africa
Heuglin's bustard is found in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Houbara Bustard - Chlamydotis undulata profile Photos Video Vulnerable Africa Asia Europe
The Houbara bustard is found across North Africa, the Middle East and western Asia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Houbara Bustard - Chlamydotis undulata Photos Video Vulnerable Africa Asia Europe
The Houbara bustard is found deserts and dry sandy areas.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Karoo Bustard - Eupodotis vigorsii Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The Karoo bustard is found in Lesotho, Namibia, and South Africa.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Kori Bustard - Ardeotis kori profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The Kori bustard is found in Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe .
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Kori Bustard - Ardeotis kori profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The Kori bustard is found in dry habitats.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Kori Bustard - Ardeotis kori profile Photos Least Concern Africa
Kori bustards are omnivorous.
Source: National Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Kori Bustard - Ardeotis kori Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The Kori bustard is also known as the large bustard.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Kori Bustard - Ardeotis kori profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The Kori bustard is one of the heaviest flying birds. It spends most of its time on the ground and usually only flies to escape danger.
Source: Zoo Atlanta Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/ Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lesser Florican - Sypheotides indicus profile Photos Video Endangered Asia
The lesser florican is found in India and Nepal.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lesser Florican - Sypheotides indicus profile Photos Endangered Asia
The lesser florican is endangered due to habitat loss.
Source: Bird Life International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Lesser Florican - Sypheotides indicus Photos Audio Endangered Asia
The lesser florican is found in dry grasslands.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Little Brown Bustard - Eupodotis humilis profile Near Threatened Africa
The little brown bustard is found in Ethiopia and Somalia.
Source: Bird Life International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Little Brown Bustard - Eupodotis humilis Photos Near Threatened Africa
The little brown bustard is the smallest bustard species.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Little Bustard - Tetrax tetrax Photos Video Endangered Africa Asia Europe
The little bustard is found in southern Europe, northern Africa, and in western and central Asia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Ludwig's Bustard - Neotis ludwigii Photos Endangered Africa
Ludwig's bustard is found in Angola, Namibia, and South Africa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ludwig's Bustard - Neotis ludwigii Photos Video Endangered Africa
Ludwig's bustard is found in Angola, Namibia, and South Africa.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Ludwig's Bustard - Neotis ludwigii profile Endangered Africa
The Ludwig's bustard population has declined, in part, because of collisions with power lines.
Source: Bird Life International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Nubian Bustard - Neotis nuba profile Near Threatened Africa
The Nubian bustard is found in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Sudan.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Rueppell's Bustard - Eupodotis rueppellii Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The blank bustard is found in Angola and Namibia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-bellied Bustard - Eupodotis senegalensis Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The white-bellied bustard is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No