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Buff-crested Bustard

Lophotis gindiana

Did you know?

  • Buff-crested bustards are a part of the Otididae family, which they share with other bustards.
  • They are named for the crest of feathers that males have on their heads.
  • They live in a variety of semi-deserts, savannahs and woodlands in Africa.
  • They can grow to be over one-and-a-half feet tall.
  • A female will lay one to two eggs per clutch.


Buff-crested bustards have a variety of black, white, and brown feathers that provide ideal camouflage in dry, desert-like habitats. They do not migrate, but instead thrive in many habitats in their range year-round.

Young and Family

Buff-crested bustards have an unusual courtship display. Males will dart up into the air, somersault onto their backs, and drop towards the ground. They correct themselves just before hitting the ground and flash their buff-colored crest of feathers. A female will usually lay one to two eggs per clutch.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The Buff-crested Bustard is widespread and abundant.




semi-desert, bush, savannah and woodlands

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