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Houbara Bustard

Chlamydotis undulata


Brown back, neck and under-belly is white; Black streak of feathers on both side of the neck. Size Length - 55-65 cm; wing-span 135-170 cm


Desert is the breeding ground; Saudi Arabia; India; Pakistan; Kazakhstan & China


This is a photo of a Male Houbara performing a Mating Dance.

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25 Comments (1–25)

ShannaB 11 years ago

That is so so cool. : )

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

Belated congratulations!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

Congratulations, Karan. It is a great spotting, of course.

Tom15 11 years ago

What an interesting bird, and congratulations on SOTD!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

NicoleKal 11 years ago

Their feathers are so cool!

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 11 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD! Awesome bird. Very unique. Enjoying all the spots from around the world. I don't think I have seen anything yet from UAE.

KaranS.Raghwa 11 years ago

Thanks for appreciating Houbara shot.
Spl. thanks to Hemma & Harsuame, both of you have some amazing photo.
Happy shooting

rutasandinas 11 years ago

Grandioso plumaje::

VichenteIbañeez 11 years ago

U should put it on the mission: Birds of the World!

IreneMys 11 years ago

very cute!!!!!!!!
and very unique habit. is there someone knew why they don't fly although they could?

beautiful capture Karan,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Congratulations Karan,,

Elsa 11 years ago

What an incredibly funky looking thing! Well deserved SOTD, congratulations :)

NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago

Great Spotting, Congratulations Karan !!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Congratulations of this wonderful SotD !

LarryGraziano 11 years ago

Congrats Karan on your well deserved SOTD! Spectacular!

patty 11 years ago

Congratulations Karan! Beautiful bird and delightful spotting =)

Fantastic Bird!! Congratulations on the SOTD, KaranS.Raghwa, well deserved

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Congratulations great spot !

KarenL 11 years ago

Congrats Karan, this interesting bird has been chosen spotting of the day!

Showing remarkable adaptation to its arid habitat, the houbara bustard does not need to drink, instead receiving all the water it requires from its diet of beetles, ants and plants. Though able to fly, this spectacular bird rarely takes to the skies, but will walk miles in search of food. Widespread hunting and loss of habitat have greatly reduced numbers and the species is now classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List

Smith'sZoo 11 years ago

Meant to say NEVER seen this king before! Love it! ;)

auntnance123 11 years ago

Looks a bit dishelved, but I like it. Nice spotting.

Smith'sZoo 11 years ago

Amazing image Karan! I have seen this kind before!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Wow - what a wild look!

Karan Raghwa
Spotted by
Karan Raghwa

العين, أبو ظبي, United Arab Emirates

Spotted on Feb 10, 2013
Submitted on Feb 10, 2013

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