Buff-crested bustard

Eudpodotis ruficrista

The buff-crested bustard is named for a crest of feathers along the back of the male’s neck that are erected when displaying. The male courts the female by flying straight up in the air, and then seems to fall and catch itself just before it hitting the ground.

Fact File

heightHeight: 1.6 ft
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 7 yrs
habitatHabitat: Semi-desert, bush, savanna and woodland
dietDiet: Arthropods, seeds, fruit and grains