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Nubian Bustard

The Nubian bustard is one of the larger and most characteristic of the Sahelo-Saharan bustard species. Adult males weigh in at over 5 kg and females a little less. The species shows sexual dimorphism. In males the forehead, crown and upperparts are tawny-buff marked with black. A broad black band extends over the eyes. The rest of the face is white except for the chin and throat which are black. The upperparts are pale tawny buff, lightly vermiculated with black. Tail is similar but more grey. The lower hindneck and sides of breast are bordered by a black line.

Denham’s Bustard

Denham’s bustard is one of the largest bustard species, being only slightly smaller than the kori and Arabian bustards. It is larger than the Nubian bustard, recognized by a sleeker, appearance, much darker upper parts and characteristic slender neck, which is pale grey in front, pale orange at the back linking to an orange nape (see photos). Adult males can weigh over 14kg during the breeding season but drop to about 10kg in the non-breeding season; females are about half the weight of an adult non-breeding male.

Arabian Bustard

The only very large bustard occurring across sub-Saharan Africa and into the Tihama region of south-west Arabia. Adult males weigh between 5-10kg, with females somewhat smaller. Plumage is similar in both sexes. Upper parts, including wings and tail, sandy brown vermiculated with black. Wing coverts tipped with white. Primaries blackish brown, with white. Outer tail feathers banded black and white. Crown of head greyish to golden white with fine black vermiculation, bordered on either side by two black bands which meet to form a small crest on the nape. The rest of the head is white.

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