110 cm long, 60-90cm tall
Arid grasslands, Dry open savanna, woodland and Dwarf scrubland.
Bustards are omnivorous, feeding principally on seeds and invertebrates. They make their nests on the ground, making their eggs and offspring often very vulnerable to predation. They walk steadily on strong legs and big toes, pecking for food as they go. Most prefer to run or walk over flying. They have long broad wings with “fingered” wingtips, and striking patterns in flight. Many have interesting mating displays, such as inflating throat sacs or elevating elaborate feathered crests.
Wide variety of insects, snakes, chameleons and lizards.
The ground nest is built by the female who also incubates the eggs. The female lays three to five dark, speckled eggs in a scrape in the ground, and incubates them alone. She may not eat for several days. When the chicks hatch, the mother brings soft food.