Family Bustards (Otididae)

Endangered

Ludwig's Bustard (Neotis ludwigii)


Taxonomy

French: Outarde de Ludwig German: Ludwigtrappe Spanish: Avutarda de Namibia
Taxonomy:

Otis Ludwigii

Rüppell

, 1837,

South Africa

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Extreme SW Angola through W Namibia to S South Africa.

Descriptive notes

Male 85 cm, 4200–6000 g; female 2200–2500 g. Upperparts brown finely vermiculated with buff, tail similar with broad dark bars, white wing panel, usually... read more

Voice

Displaying male inflates the neck and utters a deep barking 'woodoomp' every 15–30 seconds.

Habitat

Open lowland and upland plains with grass and light thornbush, sandy open shrub veld and semi-... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, small vertebrates and vegetable matter have all been recorded, but strong evidence of movement with rains in pursuit of... read more

Breeding

Aug–Dec. Nest is a scrape on bare ground often among stones, on crest of low ridge or hill slope. Eggs 2; chick has reddish down... read more

Movements

Species is partial migrant towards SW from the more northerly and interior summer rainfall region (... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. The total global population size is incompletely known, pending assessment of the Namibian subpopulation. The South African population in 2010 was... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Ludwig's Bustard (Neotis ludwigii). 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/53718 on 20 March 2019).