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Blue Korhaan | Eupodotis caerulescens

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

The description for the Blue Korhaan (Latin name Eupodotis caerulescens) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Eupodotis caerulescens can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 234 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 302. You will find a picture of the Blue Korhaan 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.

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 Blue Korhaan between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Blue Korhaan is known in Afrikaans as Bloukorhaan.

The Blue Korhaan is Endemic to the Southern African Region which means that this bird is only found in this region and nowhere else in the world.

The Blue Korhaan has a height of 58 cms and weighs around 1400 gms. The head is coloured blue, grey while the bill is coloured grey. The Eupodotis caerulescens has a black coloured throat, yellow legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Eupodotis caerulescens 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 blue, grey

Eyes are brown

Bill is grey

Legs are yellow

Throat is black

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

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

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Blue Korhaan is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 2 eggs and they are coloured olive.

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.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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