More information about Kori Bustards
|Special anatomical, physiological
or behavioral adaptations:
Kori Bustards are considered to be a polygynous species. During pre-mating, "the male will inflate its neck and trail its wings as it dances before the female." Some male bustards even act further aand ruffle all their feathers, appearing as a great white ball. They may also bow toward the female while inflating the bill. Males tend to pitch a booming sound too. By this time the male is noticed by the female. Breeding males display this act either early in the day, or late afternoon. "Males take no part in raising the young. Females remain on the nest most of the time, leaving it only short interval, to feed." Reproduction usually only occurs once a year lasting about 23-30 days. When the female is laying her eggs, it is common for a mother not to create a thick nest; she may even lay them on ground.
|The Kori Bustards of the Fort Worth
Information from the Zoo:
The male is twice as large as the female. The Kori bustard's diet are insects, small rodents and seeds. Kori bustards can live alone or in small groups. Kori bustard is 1 of 22 species of bustard.. The Kori bustard is a ground bird that lives in dry, open grasslands in south and east Africa. The male is 20 pounds and female is smaller weighing about 13 pounds with a wing span of four feet. Walks rapidly with wing stride.Personal Observations:
Observing the Kori Bustard for 20 minutes. The Kori bustard was not a very active bird. Not much movement of the bird was actually taking place. One bird for a walked the circumference of the fence, back and forth. While the other just walked away slowly and would continuously stop and observe the tree. Nothing other than the walking around and pruning was done by the bird but one noticable action. The bird brought its neck toward its body and its neck seem to be no longer extended.
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