Jul 5, 2012

Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori)


Did you know?

That Kori Bustard is the heaviest flying bird in the world?

The Kori bustard is one of the largest flying birds, with a total length of 120-150 cm (males) and a wing length of 260 cm. They are considerably heavy, having a weight of 18 kg. These species are mostly gray with a black crest on the head. The plumage is similar in both sexes, with individual variations.

In female Aredotis kori, the black on the crown and the band in the eyes are slightly reduced. They have no hind toes or glands for the groom. They are generally quiet, but when alarmed, both sexes produce a whooping sound. They fly only when necessary due to their weight.

The Ardeotis kori are omnivorous. The plant component of their diet is based on leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits and pods. The animals of prey include a wide range of insects, other invertebrates and small reptiles.

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