Family Bustards (Otididae)

Least Concern

Savile's Bustard (Lophotis savilei)


French: Outarde de Savile German: Saviletrappe Spanish: Sisón moñudo del Sahel

Lophotis savilei


, 1920,

Nahud, western Kordofan, Sudan


Closely related to L. gindiana and L. ruficrista, but not known to perform their rocket-flight displays; all three often considered conspecific. Monotypic.


SW Mauritania and Senegal E through Mali, Burkina Faso, SW Niger, NE Nigeria and Chad to C Sudan.

Descriptive notes

42 cm; no data on weight. Smaller than L. gindiana, with more black on throat and less white on breast; more rufous sandy above with buff V-markings almost absent.... read more


Distinctive. Contact call is a clear, whistled 'tuit thit'. Displaying male produces a... read more


Bush and light woodland, thickets near dried pools and clearings, flat scrub with Aristida... read more

Food and feeding

No information available, but habits and food presumably similar to those of L. ruficrista.


Sept–Oct in W of range; Jun–Aug (wet season) in Chad; Jul–Sept in Sudan. Nest details presumably similar to those of ... read more


Generally considered sedentary, but known to be a dry season (Dec–May) visitor to Park W in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Little information available on status; species is said to be fairly common throughout its extensive range, but patchily so... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2018). Savile's Bustard (Lophotis savilei). 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 on 23 March 2018).