Order Otidiformes

Family Otididae

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  • Large to medium-sized stocky terrestrial birds, with long neck and legs.
  • Old World, with greatest diversity in Africa.
  • Flat grassy plains, sometimes with scrub or light woodland, in tropical and warm temperate zones.
  • 40-120 cm.
  • 12 genera, 26 species, 44 taxa.
  • 8 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Bustards (Otididae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52234 on 19 January 2020).