Kori Bustard.. Big Bird..

Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori).

The Kori Bustard is a large bird native to Africa. It is a member of the bustard family. It may be the heaviest bird capable of flight.

The male Kori Bustard is 120 to 150 cm (3.9 to 4.9 ft.), stands 71–120 cm (2.33–3.9 ft.) tall and have a wingspan about 230 to 275 cm (7.5 to 9.02 ft.). On average, male birds weigh between 10.9–16 kg (24–35 lb.), averaging 13.5 kg (30 lb.) but exceptional birds may weigh up to 20 kg (44 lb.).

Kori Bustards spend most of their time on the ground, though can forage occasionally in low bushes and trees. Being a large and heavy bird, it avoids flying if possible. This bustard is a watchful and wary bird. This large bird has a loud, booming mating call which is often uttered just before dawn and can be heard from far away.

they are quite omnivorous birds. Insects are an important food source, with common species such as locusts, grasshoppers, dung beetles and caterpillars being most often taken. Small vertebrates may also be taken regularly, including lizards, chameleons, snakes, small mammals and bird eggs and nestlings.

The breeding season is between October and March, the males hold their heads backwards, with cheeks bulging, the crest is held erect, the bill open and they inflate their gular pouches, forming a white throat "balloon". They have polygamous breeding habits, where one male displays to attract several females and mates with them all… typical macho man…

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46 thoughts on “Kori Bustard.. Big Bird..

  1. Great pics! He’s a lovely looking bustard 😉 He has neck feathers that make him look like a very young bird, but I’m assuming he’s an adult and those grey feathers don’t change colour…

  2. Interesting bird again. Just love the small feathers it has on its neck. Lovely … and a big bird too. Thanks for sharing and for your great job. Kori … will remember that name and those legs too – strong. So can it protect itself when it can’t fly away … ???

    • They are and when he is in a mating mood he flips his tail up puffs out the neck.. and looks a bit like a woman;s powder puff..(do women still use those things or am I out dated.?)

  3. Wow — could you imagine them usuing this guy instead of “Big Bird” on Sesame Street??? ~ not sure the kids would be as accepting ! ~ He has quite the presence – and you captured it well bulldog! xo 👍

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