Neotis ludwigii by Karryl Salit(8 in. x 8 in. | oils | ID#3981)
Family: OTIDIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
The Ludwig's Bustard is an endangered species found in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and into Angola. Their preferred habitat is semi-arid grasslands, sandy open veld and thorn bush. It is a mid to large bird ranging from 6.5-14 lbs and 30 to 37 inches in length. The Ludwig's Bustard feeds on invertebrates, small vertebrates, flowers and seeds. Locusts are a favorite and they have been observed moving with rain patterns following the locusts. Nests are scrapes on bare ground or around stones. Generally 2 eggs are laid. The biggest cause of species decline is collision with power lines!
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