Australian Bustard


scientific name

Ardeotis australis

conservation status

Least Concern


4.3 - 12.8 Kilograms


They are omnivorous, feeding on seeds, insects and small reptiles.


Australian Bustards are found on dry plains, grasslands and in open woodland.

The Australian or Kori Bustard is a member of a widespread family of birds called Ardeotis meaning ‘heron-bustard’ and is found throughout Africa, Southern Asia and Australasia. The Bustards height ranges from 80-120cm, with large differences in the heights of the adult male and female. The Bustard is one of Australia’s heaviest flying birds, with male Bustards weighing up to 8 kilograms and sporting a wingspan averaging 2 meters. They are omnivorous, feeding on seeds, insects and small reptiles. The Australian Bustard has an impressive courtship display. During the breeding season (Oct-Dec) the male bustard inflates an air sack on his upper breast, cocks his tail, sways from side to side and releases a loud noise, to attract and impress the female. After mating, the female generally only lays 1 egg and incubates it on bare ground for 23-24 days with no input from the male