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 & Statistics
The Kori Bustard is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This huge African bustard is suspected to be undergoing moderately rapid population declines across much of its range owing to a variety of threats including collisions with power lines, hunting and habitat degradation. It has consequently been uplisted to Near Threatened.