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Kori Bustard

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About the Kori Bustard

The Kori Bustard is a large species of bustard found across parts of southern Africa and separately in parts of eastern Africa. They prefer open habitats like grassland, savanna, farm fields, and scrubland.

The Kori Bustard's plumage reflects its preferred habitat. They have a cryptic pattern in dull grey and brown tones that match a sandy or dry brush-type habitat.

Male Kori Bustards may weigh over 40 pounds, making them among the heaviest bird species capable of flight. Males are larger than females and may be twice as heavy.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 July 2015
Scientific Name Ardeotis kori
  • Gruiformes
  • Otididae
  • Ardeotis
  • A. kori
Birdorable Family Rails, Cranes & Friends
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 20 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
23 to 47 inches
70 to 108 inches
282 to 705 ounces
Range East Africa South Africa


The Kori Bustard has a conservation status of Near Threatened as of June 2015. The population trend is decreasing. The species faces threats including illegal or unregulated trade and hunting, loss of habitat, and fatal collisions with power structures

International Names

  • 灰颈鸨 (Chinese)
  • drop kori (Czech)
  • Koritrappe (Danish)
  • Koritrap (Dutch)
  • kuningastrappi (Finnish)
  • Outarde kori (French)
  • Riesentrappe (German)
  • Otarda di Kori (Italian)
  • アフリカオオノガン [afurikaoonogan] (Japanese)
  • Koritrappe (Norwegian)
  • drop olbrzymi (Polish)
  • Abetarda-kori (Portuguese)
  • Африканская большая дрофа (Russian)
  • Avutarda Kori (Spanish)
  • Koritrapp (Swedish)