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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.

buff crested bustard standing still

Did You Know?

An Occasional Flier - The large, strong-legged bustard rarely flies at times other than during courtship.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Eudpodotis ruficrista

Central southern Africa

Semi-desert, bush, savanna and woodland

1.6 ft

7 yrs

Zoo Location:
Birds of the World

Arthropods, seeds, fruit and grains