(231) M 110 cm, F 85 cm; M 8.6 kg, F
Similar, M much larger than F. Superﬁcially similar to Ludwig’s
Bustard; key features black and white striped crown, pale grey
foreneck (grading gradually to white belly) and heavily blotched
black and white wing.
Foreneck and upper chest ﬁnely speckled brownish-grey and white,
with clear-cut separation from white belly.
Crown freckled brown and white, coarser freckling on throat and
less rufous on hindneck.
Uncommon to locally common resident, listed as Vulnerable. Nomadic,
with local altitudinal movements recorded; usually in small ﬂocks in
Grassland, shrublands, fynbos and cultivated ﬁelds.
Insects, small vertebrates such as frogs and lizards; also
Largely silent; in display gives soft popping call, and clucking
chook on take-off.
Polygynous. Eggs laid on bare ground.