French: Outarde plombée German: Blautrappe Spanish: Sisón azulado
Other common names:
“Kaffraria” = Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
E South Africa from Mpumalanga S to Free State and Eastern Cape; also W Lesotho.
55 cm; 1120–1612 g. Only bustard with blue-grey neck and underparts. Female has duller grey neck and buff ear-coverts. Immature has black and buff crown, black on... read more
Calls mainly at dawn. Gives a deep, throaty, two-syllabled 'krok kau' that is often taken... read more
High grassveld, usually above 1500 m, with short-grazed grassland and termite mounds but no or few... read more
Food and feeding
Caterpillars, grasshoppers, beetles, scorpions and small reptiles; also grass seeds, flowers and green leaves of various plants. In winter... read more
Aug–Apr, chiefly Oct–Nov. Nest situated on bare open ground, often in short, thick grass, also in old cropland. Eggs 1–3... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Reported decline in S and W of range unfounded, although now fairly scarce in lowland Lesotho owing... read more
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