Northan Black Korhaan

Scientific Name:
Afrotis afraoides
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Northen Black Korhaan

The Northern Black Korhaan (Afrotis afraoides) is a bird species found in southern Africa, particularly in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa.


Northern Black Korhaans inhabit a variety of open habitats, including grasslands, savannas, scrublands, and semi-arid plains. They are often found in areas with short grass or sparse vegetation, where they can forage for food and find suitable nesting sites. These korhaans are typically associated with dry and arid environments but can also be found in more mesic habitats during the wet season.


Northern Black Korhaans are large birds, measuring approximately 55 to 60 centimeters (22 to 24 inches) in length. They have a robust body, long legs, and a relatively short tail. Their plumage is predominantly black with white or pale streaks on the underparts, giving them a mottled appearance that provides excellent camouflage against their grassland habitat. Males have a distinctive black throat patch and a yellow or orange inflatable throat sac used in displays. Best Viewing The best places to view Northern Black Korhaans are in open grasslands and savannas within their range. Look for them in areas with short grass or sparse vegetation, where they are commonly found walking or running on the ground in search of food. These korhaans are known for their loud, far-carrying calls, especially during the breeding season, which can help locate them in the landscape.