Bustards (Otididae)

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) - HBW 3, p. 264

French: Outarde d'Australie German: Wammentrappe Spanish: Avutarda Australiana

Taxonomy: Otis Australis J. E. Gray, 1829, New South Wales.
In past, genus frequently labelled Choriotis, but Ardeotis has priority; genus sometimes merged with Otis. Present species forms superspecies with A. nigriceps; these two sometimes separated from congeners in genus Austrotis, or, erroneously, in genus Choriotis, but type species of latter is A. arabs. Superspecies sometimes considered to include A. kori, as well as A. nigriceps; all three have even been lumped into single species, A. kori. All four Ardeotis have occasionally been placed in same superspecies. Monotypi.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Otis Australis J. E. Gray, 1829, New South Wales.
In past, genus frequently labelled Choriotis, but Ardeotis has priority; genus sometimes merged with Otis. Present species forms superspecies with A. nigriceps; these two sometimes separated from congeners in genus Austrotis, or, erroneously, in genus Choriotis, but type species of latter is A. arabs. Superspecies sometimes considered to include A. kori, as well as A. nigriceps; all three have even been lumped into single species, A. kori. All four Ardeotis have occasionally been placed in same superspecies. Monotypic.

Distribution: Australia, in all states, but generally rarer or absent in S and especially in SE; also S Papua New Guinea in the Trans-Fly, ranging W into Irian Jaya.

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