Family Bustards (Otididae)

Near Threatened

Little Brown Bustard (Heterotetrax humilis)


Taxonomy

French: Outarde somalienne German: Somalitrappe Spanish: Sisón somalí
Taxonomy:

Sypheotides humilis

Blyth

, 1855,

Somaliland

.

DNA sequences suggest close phylogenetic relationship to the Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax)#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Ethiopia and N Somalia.

Descriptive notes

c. 40 cm; 700 g. Upperparts light orange-brown with pale grey clouding and minute black vermiculations, tail with 2–3 thin bars; head, neck and breast buffy with grey... read more

Voice

Gives a rattling 'ka-ki-rak-ka-ki-rak', often in the evening.

Habitat

Dry, sandy, grassland with bushes, light open thornbush and adjacent tussock grass plains. Habitats... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually no information available. Known to take insects, small molluscs and seeds.

Breeding

In Somalia, April–August, chiefly May–June. Nest placed on sandy soil, usually without a scrape. Usually 2 eggs, but up to 3... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Fairly common in Ogaden, E Ethiopia, and common N of 7° N in Somalia. However, drought and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2018). Little Brown Bustard (Heterotetrax humilis). 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/53726 on 18 December 2018).