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Great Indian Bustard



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The Great Indian Bustard or Indian Bustard with the scientific name Ardeotis nigriceps is

one of the rarest birds found in India and the Pakistan. It is the only bustard bird in India which belongs to the family ardeotis.

It is one of a large bird found in India which has a horizontal body with long bare legs. Because of this it gets an ostrich like appearance. This bird species is one of the heaviest flying birds in India. The quick classification of this Great Indian Bustard is given below,

 Kingdom   Animalia 
 Phylum   Chordata 
 Class   Aves 
 Order   Gruiformes 
 Family   Otididae (Otidae) 
 Genus   Ardeotis 
 Species   Ardeotis Nigreceps 

Physical Characteristics:

The Great Indian Bustard is one of the very large birds in India. It is one of a ground running birds. Head and neck of this species is in pale colour with a black cap. The body of this Indian Bustard is in brown colour and has black patch spotted in the body. The height of these species is 1 meter (39 in). The length of the male Indian bustard is 122 cm (48 in) and the weight of the male Indian bustard is 18 to 32 lb (8 to 14.5 kg).


The length of the Female Indian bustard is 92 cm (36 in) and the weight of the female Indian bustard is 7.5 to 15 lb (3.5to 7.75 kg). The male Indian bustard is in deep sandy buff colour. During the breeding season male bustard has a breast band in black colour. The crown in this birds' head is in black colour. The female bustard is small in size when compared to the male. The weight of this species is in the range of 9.5 kg (21 lb). Sometimes, these species weigh up to 18.15 kg (40 lb).


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