French: Outarde nubienne German: Nubiertrappe Spanish: Avutarda núbica
Kurgos, near Shendi, Sudan
Sahel zone from W Mauritania to E Sudan; distribution probably continuous, or at least with interbreeding populations, even though species very patchily recorded.
Male 70 cm, 5400 g; female 50 cm, no data on weight. Upperparts pale tawny buff, lightly vermiculated with black, tail similar but washed grey; crown as back, bordered by... read more
Little known. Gives a shrill 'magur' call.
Arid and semi-arid scrub and savanna on desert fringes, penetrating further N into Sahara than... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates and vegetable matter: Orthoptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, etc.; leaves and berries of desert plants, grass seeds and ... read more
Jul–Oct; the finding of 3 nests in one day in Aug suggests synchronized response to suitable conditions (as well as degree of local... read more
Sedentary and almost certainly nomadic; in Mauritania, tends to move S in winter, returning N with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Suspected to be undergoing moderately rapid population decline owing to intense hunting in parts... read more
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