Bustard (Otididae)

Appearance
There are eight species of Bustard found in Kenya. The Arabian Bustard, 36 inches (91cm); the Black-bellied Bustard, 25" (64cm); the (Buff) Crested Bustard, 21" (53cm); the Denham's (Jackson's) Bustard, 46" (117cm); the Hartlaub's Bustard 28" (71cm); The Heuglin's Bustard, 35" (90cm); the Kori Bustard, 50" (127cm); the White-bellied Bustard, 24" (61cm).
Bustards are large, to very large terrestrial birds that all have small heads and bills in comparison to their stout bodies. Long, slender necks and equally long legs, with only 3 toes to each foot.
Males are larger and more brightly coloured than females and have elaborate courtship displays.

Habits
Bustards heads move backwards and forwards as they walk. These birds do fly, but most prefer to hide, or run. When they fly, it is to get away from predators and they do so strongly, but never fly high.

Diet
Bustards are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal material; usually small invertebrates.

Resident
Bustards live in the grasslands, savanna, bush and semi-desert of Kenya.

Extra Bustard Facts
Bustards make their nests on the ground, some roughly hollowing out soft earth, others up against trees.

Photographs
Photographed at Kenya's Nairobi NP, Masai Mara and Olare Orok Conservancy.

Black-bellied Bustard

Black-bellied Bustard

Hartlaub's Bustard

Hartlaub's Bustard

Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard

White-bellied Bustard

White-bellied Bustard