Family Bustards (Otididae)

Near Threatened

Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori)


Taxonomy

French: Outarde kori German: Riesentrappe Spanish: Avutarda kori
Taxonomy:

Otis Kori

Burchell

, 1822,

confluence of Vaal and Orange Rivers, South Africa

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Closely related to A. arabs. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. k. struthiunculus (Neumann, 1907) – NW Somalia and C Ethiopia through SE South Sudan, NE Uganda (rare:#R) and Kenya to N Tanzania.
  • A. k. kori (Burchell, 1822) – S Angola and Namibia E through Botswana to S Zimbabwe and S Mozambique, and S to South Africa.
  • Descriptive notes

    Male c. 120 cm, 10,900–19,000 g; female c. 90 cm, 5900 g. Back, wings and central tail brown with fine buff vermiculations, white panel with black spots on folded wing... read more

    Voice

    The displaying male utters a deep, resonant 'oom oom oom'. Also gives a loud, nasal,... read more

    Habitat

    Flat, arid, mostly open country, generally below 2000m and usually with a short herb layer, e.g.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Exploits a wide range of vegetable and animal resources: seeds, berries, bulbs, Acacia gum, snails, insects (chiefly Orthoptera),... read more

    Breeding

    Sept–Feb in S Africa, Dec–Aug (according to rains) in E Africa. Nests on ground often near a distinct feature, such as a grass... read more

    Movements

    Largely sedentary. In Kenya local movements, presumably on foot, occur into woodland habitat in the... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. An assessment of historical and more recent records range-wide has shown relatively modest range... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2018). Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori). 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/53714 on 17 December 2018).