Bustards

Otididae

Typically, stocky birds of open plains, with an erect stance. The Australian Bustard Ardeotis australis is a breeding resident of Australia, but also occurs in New Guinea.

Australian Bustard

Australian Bustard

What does it look like?  No other Australian bird resembles the bustard. The back and wings are brown; black and white spotting in the front of the wings is most extensive in the male. The head and neck are grey-buff, except for the black crown, eye-stripe for the black crown, eye-stripe and breast band (browner and less prominent in the female). The remainder of the underparts are white. Where ...