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Red-crested Korhaan | Lophotis ruficrista

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

The description for the Red-crested Korhaan (Latin name Lophotis ruficrista) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Lophotis ruficrista can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 237 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 296. You will find a picture of the Red-crested 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. The Latin name for this bird is Eupodotis ruficrista in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Red-crested Korhaan is known in Afrikaans as Boskorhaan.

The Red-crested Korhaan is near Endemic to the Southern African Region which means it is mainly found in this region but is not restricted here alone. The Lophotis ruficrista can be found in other parts of the world.

The Red-crested Korhaan has a height of 50 cms and weighs around 675 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured black. The Lophotis ruficrista has a brown coloured throat, yellow legs and a black, white coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Lophotis ruficrista 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 grey

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are yellow

Throat is brown

Back is black, white

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 Red-crested Korhaan 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 .

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 Red-crested Korhaan is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is found in the arid and semi-arid regions of Southern Africa and it can withstand high day and night temperatures

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Red-crested Korhaan is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

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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