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

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. If alarmed, a bustard tends to...