(118) 1.38 ID; 4 kg
M larger and with slightly longer crest and tail. Orange facial
skin, grey-black plumage and characteristic striding gait through
grass should distinguish it from all other species in region,
including cranes. In flight, barred tail separates it from Grey
browner, facial skin yellow and with shorter tail.
to locally fairly common, listed as Near-threatened. Resident but
generally not sedentary; very nomadic, especially in western
regions. Usually in pairs, sometimes solitary.
open grassland with scattered trees or shrubs.
variety of prey including insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and
their eggs, small mammals and rodents. Most prey (including snakes)
caught on ground and killed by hard downward blows with the feet.
Large prey, which may include francolin, mongoose and large snakes,
torn up and swallowed, small prey such as tortoises swallowed
silent away from nest. Alarm near nest croaking korr-orr-orr.
Nest a stick platform usually placed at top of flat thorn tree.