Choriotis nigriceps     (Bird)
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Class: Aves

Size: Male 120 cm Female 90 cm.

Weight: 18 kg (Adult male).

Color: The underparts and neck are white, there is a black crown on the forehead and the upperbody is brown. The wings are marked with black, brown and grey. The sexes are similar in appearance although males have a larger black crown, long hind crown feathers and a black band across the breast.

The Indian bustard is a tall, long legged bird.

Nests are situated in the open ground and males take no part in incubation or care of the developing young; only a single egg is usually laid. The fledglings tend to remain with their mother until the following breeding season.

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Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Beetles, grasshoppers, seeds and groundnuts.


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Untawale, AG; Dhargalkar, VK and Deshmukhe, GV (2000) Prioritization of potential sites for marine biodiversity conservation in India Setting biodiversity conservation priorities for India: Summary of the findings and conclusions of the biodiversity conservation prioritization project World Wide Fund for Nature - India, New Delhi (India) Available at -
  • Birding in India and South Asia Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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