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  Denham's Bustard

      Stanley's Bustard

 

Neotis denhami

(231) M 110 cm, F 85 cm; M 8.6 kg, F 4.1 kg

SEXES  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.

F  Foreneck and upper chest finely speckled brownish-grey and white, with clear-cut separation from white belly.

JUV  Crown freckled brown and white, coarser freckling on throat and less rufous on hindneck.

STATUS  Uncommon to locally common resident, listed as Vulnerable. Nomadic, with local altitudinal movements recorded; usually in small flocks in non-br season.

HABITAT  Grassland, shrublands, fynbos and cultivated fields.

FOOD  Insects, small vertebrates such as frogs and lizards; also vegetable matter.

CALL  Largely silent; in display gives soft popping call, and clucking chook on take-off.

BR  Polygynous. Eggs laid on bare ground.

 

 

Bdm001

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bdm002

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bdm003

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bdm004

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bdm005

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bdm006

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bdm007

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bdm008

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bdm009

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bdm010

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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