The male Kori Bustard is 120 to 150 cm (3.9 to 4.9 ft), stands 71–120 cm (2.33–3.9 ft) tall and have a wingspan about 230 to 275 cm (7.5 to 9.02 ft). On average, male birds weigh between 10.9–16 kg (24–35 lb), averaging 13.5 kg (30 lb) but exceptional birds may weigh up to 20 kg (44 lb).
Kori Bustards inhabit wide, open grasslands, and lightly wooded savanna. The subspecies kori can be found in arid savanna areas where trees are usually scattered. Kori Bustards are very fond of areas with short grass and a nice scenery. These birds are not known to migrate as much as other birds, only when needed during scarcity of food or weather.
Being a large, ground-dwelling bird species, the Kori Bustard is vulnerable to many of Africa's myriad of terrestrial predators. Leopards, caracals, cheetahs, lions, rock pythons, jackals and Martial Eagles (the latter two especially of eggs and nestlings) have eaten bustards of all ages. Additionally, warthogs, mongooses and baboons may eat eggs and nestlings.