White-bellied bustard

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White-bellied bustard
White bellied bustard calling.jpg
Male calling at Maasai Mara, Kenya
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Otidiformes
Family: Otididae
Genus: Eupodotis
E. senegalensis
Binomial name
Eupodotis senegalensis
(Vieillot, 1820)

Eupodotis barrowii
Eupodotis caffra

The white-bellied bustard or white-bellied korhaan (Eupodotis senegalensis) is an African species of bustard. It is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa in grassland and open woodland habitats.[2]


E. s. canicollis, male, Sweetwaters Game Reserve, Kenya
Male from Maasai Mara, Kenya
E. s. erlangeri, female, Serengeti, Tanzania
E. s. erlangeri, male, Serengeti, Tanzania

It is rather small for a bustard, 48 to 61 centimetres (19 to 24 in) long. All are tawny brown above and on the breast and white on the belly, with cream-coloured legs; juveniles have light brown necks and heads, and adults have blue-grey necks. The adult female has a grey crown, a brown and buff line below the eye, and black speckling on the throat. The adult male has a black crown, black lines on the white cheeks, a black throat patch, and a pinkish-red bill. The call, often given in the early morning and late evening, has been described as "a very loud, guttural k'whuka WHUKa, k'wuka WHUKa..., or k'warrak, k'warrak...[3]

This species is usually seen in pairs or family groups, as young stay with their parents much longer than those of other bustards in the region.[3]


Five subspecies are recognized:[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Eupodotis senegalensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Sibley, Charles G.; Monroe, Burt L. Jr. (1990), Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World, Yale University Press, p. 217, ISBN 0-300-04969-2, retrieved 2010-03-24
  3. ^ a b Zimmerman, Dale A.; Turner, Donald A.; Pearson, David J. (1999), Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania, Princeton University Press, pp. 76–77, 328, ISBN 0-691-01022-6
  4. ^ White-bellied Bustard, Internet Bird Collection

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