Hubara Bustard (Animal)

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A striking bird resembling a turkey in shape, the houbara bustard is at its most magnificent during the courtship display. It is a slender bird, with a tuft of hairs in the centre of the crown, and long plumes of feathers drooping over the neck, the uppermost feathers being black while the lower ones are white with black tips . The body is pale sandy-buff in colour, with darker brown lines and mottling, while the underside is white . Large areas of black and brown occur on the flight feathers and the long, square tail is sandy-chestnut and patterned with four distinct blue-black bars . Male houbara bustards are slightly larger than females .[1] houbara bustard is at its - most magnificent

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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Otidiformes
Family: Otididae
Tribe: Chlamydotis undulata
Genus: Chlamydotis
Species: C. undulata
Founded: 1784
Color: The body is pale sandy-buff in colour, with darker brown lines and mottling, while the underside is white
Type: Slender Bird
Food: Beetles, ants, plants , and even small lizards
Length : 55–65 cm (22–26 in)
Spans : 135–170 cm (53–67 in) across the wings
Female Bustard Size: 66 cm (26 in) tall
Body Mass: 1.15–2.4 kg
Males Weight: (2.5–5.3 lb)
Female Weight: (2.2–3.7 lb)


About

Hubara Bustard
Hubara Bustard
A largely solitary bird, the houbara bustard feeds alone or in small groups on beetles, ants, plants , and even small lizards . Showing remarkable adaptation to its arid habitat, the houbara bustard does not need to drink, and instead receives all the water it requires from its food . It will walk kilometres while searching for food, but rarely takes to the skies in flight . The houbara bustard is a small to mid-sized bustard. It measures 55–65 cm (22–26 in) in length and spans 135–170 cm (53–67 in) across the wings. It is brown above and white below, with a black stripe down the sides of its neck. In flight, the long wings show large areas of black and brown on the flight feathers. It is slightly smaller and darker than MacQueen's bustard. The sexes are similar, but the female, at 66 cm (26 in) tall, is rather smaller and greyer above than the male, at 73 cm (29 in) tall clarification .The body mass is 1.15–2.4 kg (2.5–5.3 lb) in males and 1–1.7 kg (2.2–3.7 lb) in females.[2] Houbara bustard biology -   www.arkive.org

Houbara Foundation

Hubara Bustard
Hubara Bustard
Houbara Foundation International Pakistan will soon release 220 Houbara bustards bred in Abu Dhabi. These birds are from the blood-line of  Pakistan ’s resident species and are being donated by the International Fund for Houbara Conservation based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, to augment Pakistan’s current population of the species in the wild. [3] HOUBARA BUSTARDS - RELEASED IN PUNJAB

Houbara bustard threats

The traditional practice of hunting for houbara bustards by Middle Eastern falconers has reduced populations significantly, mainly on the wintering grounds. This over-hunting has been compounded by habitat loss and degradation. The subspecies C. u. fuertaventurae has been particularly affected by habitat degradation as a result of tourist activities and associated development, as well as by military exercises, over-grazing, sand-extraction, and road-development. Further threats include collisions with power lines, and nest-predation by introduced mammals . [4] Middle Eastern falconers has- reduced populations