Red-crested korhaan

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Red-crested korhaan
Red-crested Korhaan (Lophotis ruficrista) male (13799426305).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Otidiformes
Family: Otididae
Genus: Lophotis
L. ruficrista
Binomial name
Lophotis ruficrista
(Smith, 1836)
Male red-crested korhaan in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Female red-crested korhaan


The red-crested korhaan or red-crested bustard (Lophotis ruficrista) is a species of bird in the family Otididae. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.[1]


The red-crested korhaan grows up to 50 cm (1.6 ft) in length with a maximal weight of 680 g (1.5 lb).[2] The feathering of the wings folded on the back is marked by V-formed patterns of a light cream color with some white at the sides. Breast feathers are black. Legs are pale yellow and feet gray.

Sexual dimorphism[edit]

The male has gray-blue head feathering with an area of reddish feathers on the nape. When males attract females, the feathers of their vertex rise to form a crest and those of the throat and neck swell. The females and the immatures have brown rather than gray head feathers.


The red-crested korhaan inhabits diverse environments: dry savanna, bushveld, thorny scrubland, but sometimes also wet woodland. It is a sedentary rather than migratory bird.


The male attracts females by flying high into the air and dropping down. Nests are placed on the ground sheltered by grass or bush. The brood comprises two eggs colored from olive-brown to pink-beige with dark brown spots. Chicks are leaving the nest within a few days of hatching to follow the mother. Emancipation occurs after four to five weeks of breeding, but the young remain with their mother for several more months.[2]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Lophotis ruficrista". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b Collar, N.; Garcia, E.F.J. "Red-crested Bustard (Lophotis ruficrista)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Retrieved 25 August 2019.


  • Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliot, Jordi Sargatal: Handbook of the Birds of the World. Band 3: Hoatzin to Auks. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona 1996, ISBN 8487334202.