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Black-bellied bustard (Eupodotis melanogaster)
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Black-bellied bustard fact file
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Black-bellied bustard description
The black-bellied bustard is a slender bird with long legs and a long, thin neck (2) (4). Both sexes have brownish upperparts patterned with black spots and bars, but whereas the female is white underneath, the male has the black breast and belly that gives this distinctive bird its name (4). The male’s black underparts extend into a thin stripe that runs up its neck and throat (2) (4) (5). The call of the male, performed relentlessly from an exposed mound or anthill, is a croaking ‘waak’ followed a few seconds later by an incongruous ‘pop’ (5) (6) (7).
- Also known as
- Black-bellied korhaan.
- Lissotis melanogaster.
- Outarde à ventre noire.
- Length: 58 - 63 cm (2)
- African Bird Club:
- BirdLife International:
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- IUCN Red List (January, 2009)
- Sinclair, I., Hockey, P., Hayman, P. and Arlott, N. (2005) The Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.
- CITES (September, 2008)
- Richards, D. (2001) A Photographic Guide to Birds of East Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.
- Sinclair, I. (1994) Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.
- Newman, K. (2002) Newman's Birds of Southern Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.
- Unwin, M. (2003) Southern African Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide. Bradt Travel Guides, Buckinghamshire, England.
- BirdLife International (January, 2009)
- del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Sargatal, J. (1996) Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 3: Hoatzin to Auks. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
- Moreira, F. (2004) Distribution patterns and conservation status of four bustard species (Family Otididae) in a montane grassland of South Africa. Biological Conservation, 118(1): 91 - 100.
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Black-bellied bustard biology
The black-bellied bustard is normally seen alone or, during the breeding season, in pairs (5) (6). During courtship the male performs an elaborate aerial display in which it flies high and slow, before abruptly parachuting to the ground with wings held aloft (5) (7). A breeding female usually lays one to two eggs in a shallow scrape in the grass (9).Top
Black-bellied bustard range
The black-bellied bustard is found throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa (8).Top
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Black-bellied bustard conservation
There are no known conservation measures in place for the black-bellied bustard.Top
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