French: Outarde de Denham German: Kafferntrappe Spanish: Avutarda cafre
Other common names:
Stanley Bustard (stanleyi),
Burchell's Bustard (“burchellii”)
Children and Vigors
near Lake Chad
Subspecies and Distribution
N. d. denhami
(Children & Vigors, 1826) – Senegambia E to N Uganda and W Ethiopia; rarely recorded, in rainy season, in SW Mauritania#R and W Senegambia#R.
N. d. jacksoni
Bannerman, 1930 – Kenya and W Tanzania S to SE DRCongo, Zambia, N Botswana and N Zimbabwe; non-breeding visitor to S Congo, W DRCongo and SW Angola#R#R.
N. d. stanleyi
(J. E. Gray, 1831) – South Africa and Swaziland; non-breeding visitor to Lesotho#R.
Male 100 cm, 9000–10,000 g; female 80 cm, 3000 g. Upperparts dull brown with fine black vermiculations, tail with several creamy bars; large panel on folded wing... read more
Mostly silent. Known to give a guttural, barking 'khha khha' call . Displaying male emits a deep... read more
Grasslands including high plateau downland up to 3000 m, grassy Acacia-studded dunes,... read more
Food and feeding
Wide range of foods recorded, including many different arthropods (in places nymphal stages of invasive Orthoptera), small vertebrates and... read more
Breeding schedule unclear in many areas, possibly reflecting opportunism based on rainfall; Jun–Oct in Sahel; nuptial display in Jan... read more
Nominate denhami migrates N generally in May–Jun but as late as Aug; returns Sept... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Global population is unknown but thought to be undergoing moderately rapid global population... read more
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