Family Bustards (Otididae)

Least Concern

Buff-crested Bustard (Lophotis gindiana)


French: Outarde d’Oustalet German: Oustalettrappe Spanish: Sisón moñudo etíope

Eupodotis Gindiana


, 1881,

East Africa between Somalia and Zanzibar


Closely related to L. savilei and L. ruficrista; all three often considered conspecific. Birds of N & C Somalia formerly awarded separate race, hilgerti. Monotypic.


SE South Sudan, S & E Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia through Kenya to NE Uganda#R and N & NC Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

Male 50 cm, 675–900 g. Similar to L. ruficrista and L. savilei, but has black throat stripe extending to belly and more white on sides of breast;... read more


Displaying males give a series of loud shrill calls that may end in an aerial display during which... read more


A bird of arid and semi-arid bushland, like L. ruficrista, extending up to 1200 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Very little information available. Known to take seeds, green herbage and insects; may subsist heavily on ants.


Mar–Jun or later. Nest situated on bare ground. Eggs 1–2. No further information available.


Sedentary, although local migration claimed to occur in Kenya.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common throughout range, except in Sudan, where generally uncommon; an estimate of 25–40 females per 10,000 ha in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Buff-crested Bustard (Lophotis gindiana). 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 on 18 July 2019).