French: Outarde de Vigors German: Knarrtrappe Spanish: Sisón del Karroo
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Subspecies and Distribution
H. v. namaqua
Roberts, 1932 – S Namibia and NW South Africa.
H. v. vigorsii
(A. Smith, 1831) – SW South Africa.
60 cm; male 1600 g, female 1350 g. Head, neck and upperparts greyish brown with minute dark vermiculations, paling to pinkish white on belly; chin and throat black with thin... read more
Most frequently heard in morning, when pairs utter croaking notes in duet, rendered "kirr-reck... read more
Arid, flat gravel or sandy plains with scattered dwarf shrubs (karoo and scrub zones), ranging into... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly plant matter, with flowers of Asteraceae, Brassicaceae and Mesembryanthemaceae dominant at certain times of year, but many annual... read more
Aug–Mar (mainly Oct–Nov) in South Africa. Mating system presumably monogamy, but pairs or family groups of up to five birds... read more
Sedentary and broadly site-faithful, with pairs defending a movable territory year-round; however,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Generally common, and possibly even profiting from human agricultural activity, since it favours slightly degraded... read more
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