Kori Bustard | Ardeotis kori

The Heaviest Flying Bird In The World: Kori Bustard

The Kori Bustard is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Otididae bird family group which includes birds such as Bustards.Kori Bustard

The description for the Kori Bustard (Latin name Ardeotis kori) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Ardeotis kori can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 230 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 295. You will find a picture of the Kori Bustard on page 304.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.Kori Bustard

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Kori Bustard between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Kori Bustard is known in Afrikaans as Gompou.Kori Bustard

The Kori Bustard has a height of 150 cms and weighs around 1240 gms. The head is coloured black, grey while the bill is coloured brown. The Ardeotis kori has a grey coloured throat, yellow legs and a grey, brown coloured back. The eyes are yellow.

The male Ardeotis kori has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black, grey.

Eyes are yellow.

Bill is brown.

Legs are yellow.

Throat is grey.

Back is grey, brown.

This bird has long legs ie legs the length of which are out of proportion to the bird's body size. This can be a useful identification guide (eg with the Lapwings).

Kori Bustard Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The diet includes small mammals such as rabbits, field mice and other rodents. Rodents are usually taken from the ground and killed using the sharp claws. The Kori Bustard uses its hard bill to tear up the flesh.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Kori Bustard Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is found in the African bushveld.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Kori Bustard is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

It is also seen in flocks.