Lesser Florican, Likh

Lesser Florican, Likh by AFC

Sypheotides indicus by Chirag Thumbar
(8 in. x 8 in. | Acrylic on canvas | ID#4203)

Family: OTIDIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing

Artist Statement

The lesser florican (Sypheotides indicus), also known as the likh or kharmore, is a large bird in the bustard family and the only member of the genus Sypheotides. It is endemic to the Indian Subcontinent where it is found in tall grasslands and is best known for the leaping breeding displays made by the males during the Monsoon season. The male has a contrasting black and white breeding plumage and distinctive elongated head feathers that extend behind the neck.
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