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Kori Bustard

About Kori Bustard

Very large ground dwelling bird with dagger-like bill and straggly black and gray crest on crown. Upperparts brown with fine black markings; upper wing coverts white with black spots, showing as bar when wings closed; tail black and white; underparts white with black at base of neck and on shoulders; chin, throat, and neck finely barred gray and legs dull yellowish to grayish; eyes orange-brown to yellow; bill gray, yellowish or horn-colored.

The breeding of this bird depends on the rainy seasons. Males mate with several females. The female will lay 2 pale olive eggs which are streaked with grayish and dark brown. They make no nest, and the eggs are incubated by female for aboutr 25 days.

This bird lives in flocks outside of the breeding season. Males are a lot bigger and a lot heavier than the females. In fact, the male is one of the heaviest of all the world’s flying birds.

The Kori Bustard forages by striding slowly and sedately, on the outlook for a wide range of food, from swarms of locusts, other insects, lizards, snakes, rodents, eggs and nestling birds to seeds and other plant material.

The bustard often turns up at bush fires, snapping up small animals fleeing from the flames, and also eating the bodies of small animals that fail to get away.