Bustards (Otididae)

Great Bustard (Otis tarda) - HBW 3, p. 263

French: Grande Outarde German: Großtrappe Spanish: Avutarda Euroasiática

Taxonomy: Otis Tarda Linnaeus, 1758, Poland.
Genus has frequently been merged with Tetrax, and sometimes also Ardeotis and Neotis, but nowadays species normally considered sufficiently distinct to merit generic isolation from these forms (see page 240). Birds of C Asia formerly awarded separate race korejewi, but extensive overlap with nominate tarda. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tarda Linnaeus, 1758 - N Morocco and Iberia, Germany and Hungary, and S Ukraine; remnant populations elsewhere in E Europe. Also breeds in Turkey and W Iran, and from SW Russia through Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan, wintering from S Turkey and Syria through S Azerbaijan and N Iran to Uzbekistan and Tadjikistan.
  • dybowskii Taczanowski, 1874 - SE Russia, Mongolia and NE China.

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