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Australian Bustard

Ardeotis australis


One of Australia's larger birds, the Bustard is a wary bird of mainly inland environments.Both male & female are similar in feather colour and pattern with grey/white head and long neck, grey/white body & speckling, wings are brown with black edging to feathers, a black partly crested crown patch extends to a point part way down the back of the head, long legs and strong wings. Omnivorous it feeds on insects, frogs, reptiles, berries, seeds while walking along slowly. The bird has an aloof manner and appears to stalk along warily.


Found throughout Australia's inland particularly in the north, also in New Guinea. This one found in sand dune country not far from bore springs.

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kdpicturemaker 8 years ago

Thanks Neil. Lots of 'goodies' out there in the middle of nowhere.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Great spotting, KD. Out in the middle of nowhere.

kdpicturemaker 8 years ago

Definitely huffy Mark! They always seem to do that. The males were displaying in the middle of a dirt track fluffing up as large as turkeys when I saw them back in 2011.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Hmm.. walking off in a huff I think. Lovely spotting KD.

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South Australia, Australia

Spotted on Jun 8, 2014
Submitted on Jun 26, 2014

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