Bustards (Otididae)

Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori) - HBW 3, p. 263

French: Outarde kori German: Riesentrappe Spanish: Avutarda Kori
Other common names: Large Bustard

Taxonomy: Otis Kori Burchell, 1822, confluence of Vaal and Orange Rivers.
In past, genus frequently labelled Choriotis, but Ardeotis has priority; genus sometimes merged with Otis. Present species forms superspecies with A. arabs. Sometimes alternatively considered to form superspecies with A. nigriceps and A. australis; these three have even been lumped together in single species, A. kori. All four Ardeotis have occasionally been placed in same superspecies. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • struthiunculus (Neumann, 1907) - NW Somalia and C Ethiopia through SE Sudan, NE Uganda and Kenya to N Tanzania.
  • kori (Burchell, 1822) - S Angola and Namibia E through Botswana to S Zimbabwe and S Mozambique, and S to South Africa.

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