Rüppell's Korhaan

Scientific Name:
Eupodotis rueppelliic
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Rüppell's Korhaan

The Rüppell's Korhaan (Eupodotis rueppellii), also known as Rüppell's Bustard, is a species of bird in the bustard family found in parts of Africa.


Rüppell's Korhaan inhabits a variety of open habitats, including grasslands, savannas, semi-arid scrublands, and arid plains. They are commonly found in areas with sparse vegetation and low to moderate grass cover, where they can forage for food and display during the breeding season. These korhaans are often seen in both natural and human-modified landscapes, including agricultural areas and livestock grazing lands.


Rüppell's Korhaan is a relatively large bird, measuring approximately 55 to 65 centimeters (22 to 26 inches) in length. They have a bulky body, long legs, and a relatively long neck. Their plumage is predominantly brown or grayish-brown, with intricate mottling and streaking on the feathers for camouflage. They have a pale throat and underparts, with a distinctive black belly patch and white wing patches that are visible in flight. Best Viewing The best places to view Rüppell's Korhaans are in open habitats with suitable foraging areas, such as grasslands, savannas, and semi-arid plains. Look for them walking or running on the ground, where they search for insects, seeds, and other food items. These korhaans are often seen displaying during the breeding season, with males performing elaborate aerial displays and vocalizations to attract mates.