Arabian Bustard (Ardeotis arabs) - HBW 3, p. 263
French: Outarde arabe
Spanish: Avutarda Árabe
Other common names: Sudan/Great Arabian Bustard
Taxonomy: Otis arabs Linnaeus, 1758, Yemen.
In past, genus frequently labelled Choriotis, but Ardeotis has priority; genus sometimes merged with Otis. Present species forms superspecies with A. kori. All four Ardeotis have occasionally been placed in same superspecies. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- lynesi (Bannerman, 1930) - W Morocco (probably extinct).
- stieberi (Neumann, 1907) - SW Mauritania and Senegambia E to NE Sudan.
- butleri (Bannerman, 1930) - S Sudan; single record in NW Kenya.
- arabs (Linnaeus, 1758) - Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and NW Somalia; SW Saudi Arabia and W Yemen.
- Near Threatened Enlarge map
A bird walking in rather dense vegetation. Locality Afar Plains, Afar Region, Ethiopia (ssp arabs)
Josep del Hoyo 27 November 2005 7 years ago 42 sec 4.4
adult (presumed female) with chick walking along side track Locality Boloyta, Afar Region, Ethiopia (ssp arabs)
Martin Kennewell 25 October 2010 2 years ago 27 sec 4.2
A bird on the ground, taking off and flying. Locality Afar Plains, Afar Region, Ethiopia (ssp arabs)
Josep del Hoyo 27 November 2005 7 years ago 25 sec 4.1
A bird walking Locality Namorpus, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan (ssp butleri)
Marc de Bont 7 December 2005 5 years ago 27 sec 4.1