Kori Bustard

Our species of the month is the Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori

It is the largest (and heaviest) flying bird native to Africa. Females can weigh up to 7kg, while males can be as heavy as 18kg! Naturally, this requires a lot of strength, and the wingspan is very impressive: 230-275cm for males, and up to 80cm for females.

Kori Bustards are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal matter. Popular items in their diet include small mammals, snakes, lizards and insects, but also wild berries, gum and various other plant materials.

These birds are often found with larger herbivores such as wildebeest and antelopes, eating animals and insects flushed out as the herbivores graze.

Report them if you see them - they’re quite a rarity!

 

Words by Tess Woollgar, images by Josh Hibbett.

 


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