Bustards (Otididae)

White-bellied Bustard (Eupodotis senegalensis) - HBW 3, p. 268

French: Outarde du Sénégal German: Senegaltrappe Spanish: Sisón Senegalés
Other common names: White-bellied Korhaan, Senegal Bustard

Taxonomy: Otis Senegalensis Vieillot, 1820, Senegal.
Populations of S Africa sometimes treated as separate species, E. barrowii; this form has alternatively been known as E. cafra, but due to confusion in nomenclature with Neotis denhami, name cafra was officially suppressed; slight differences from northern birds in plumage and voice probably do not justify treatment as separate species. Birds from Eritrea normally ascribed to nominate senegalensis, but more likely to belong to canicollis. Five subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • senegalensis (Vieillot, 1820) - SW Mauritania and Guinea E to Central African Republic, C Sudan and perhaps Eritrea.
  • canicollis (Reichenow, 1881) - Ethiopia S to NE Tanzania.
  • erlangeri (Reichenow, 1905) - S Kenya and W Tanzania.

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  • senegalensis (Vieillot, 1820) - SW Mauritania and Guinea E to Central African Republic, C Sudan and perhaps Eritrea.
  • canicollis (Reichenow, 1881) - Ethiopia S to NE Tanzania.
  • erlangeri (Reichenow, 1905) - S Kenya and W Tanzania.
  • mackenziei White, 1945 - E Gabon and C Congo to S & SE Zaire, E Angola and W Zambia; C & S Angola.
  • barrowii (J. E. Gray, 1829) - C & SE Botswana, E South Africa and Swaziland.