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Ardeotis nigriceps (Great Indian Bustard)
The Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) or Indian bustard is a bustard found in India and the adjoining regions of Pakistan. A large bird with a horizontal body and long bare legs giving it an ostrich like appearance, this bird is among the heaviest of the flying birds.
As its name suggests, the Great Indian Bustard is found in India and neighbouring parts of Pakistan. It is the largest bird within this range, with males standing at well over a metre in height. The species was formerly found across the Indian Subcontinent, but is now locally extinct from 90 per cent of its original range. Historically, hunting has been the main factor in the initial decline in numbers and this was exacerbated by habitat destruction. Hunting is still a major issue in some parts of its range. Today the small population is threatened primarily by habitat degradation and loss.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0)
Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 8.98841
EDGE Score: 5.07401
|Adult Weight  ||6.17 lbs (2.80 kg)|
|Birth Weight  ||145 grams|
|Clutch Size  ||1|
|Top 100 Endangered  ||Yes|
Desert National Park
Institutions (Zoos, etc.)
Attributes / relations provided by ♦ 1
Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing.
Ecology 88:1605 ♦ 2
Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space
PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303 ♦ 3
Baillie, J.E.M. & Butcher, E. R. (2012) Priceless or Worthless? The world’s most threatened species.
Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom. ♦ 4
Munjpara, S.B., C.N. Pandey & B. Jethva (2012). Habitat use by the Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps (Gruiformes: Otididae) in breeding and non-breeding seasons in Kachchh, Gujarat, India
. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(2): 3654–3660
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER