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Australian Bustard courtship behaviour

(Ardeotis australis)
Alternate name(s): "Plains Turkey", "Wild Turkey", "Turkey", "Kori Bustard"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "australis": "mantaba", "murranudda", "boorawa" ("burrawa"), "cooraki", "kipara", "kyogle", "nanatee", "nanundi", "numerkah", "pooranna", "ballala", "kio", "gumblegubbin" "bebilya", "kooli", "wabanga", "bibilerak", "barado" (WA)

Size: 80 cm - 1.3 m; wing span up to 2.3 m
Weight: 4-7 (max. 14) kg (male), 2-4 kg (female)

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Male Australian Bustards perform a courtship display to attract females. The photos shown here of birds in captivity at the Desert Park, Alice Springs, NT, in August 2016 were all kindly contributed by C. Pears.

Male

Near-frontal view of a male Australian Bustard inflating its air sac (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Desert Park, Alice Springs, NT, August 2016]

Lateral view of a male Australian Bustard with inflated air sac (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Desert Park, Alice Springs, NT, August 2016]

Lateral view of a male Australian Bustard with inflated air sac having a stretch (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Desert Park, Alice Springs, NT, August 2016]

Lateral view of a male Australian Bustard with inflated air sac adopting an impressive stance (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Desert Park, Alice Springs, NT, August 2016]

Female

Lateral view of a female Australian Bustard (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Desert Park, Alice Springs, NT, August 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a female Australian Bustard (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Desert Park, Alice Springs, NT, August 2016]

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