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Known for being the heaviest flying animal on Earth and for their spectacular communal displays, great bustards can weigh up to 16kg (35.2 lbs) ! Its a stunning bird, with accentuated sexual dimorphism, which occupies a unique habitat that is quickly fading from our world. About 50-60% of its population lives between Portugal and Spain, and is essentially resident. However, as incredible as it sounds, these huge birds can make incredible migrations and have appeared quite far away from their normal range. It's such a shame their numbers are decreasing so badly, but while they are still in living freely on Earth's plains, let's sit back and enjoy one of nature's greatest crafts.
Open plains; natural steppe.