Kori Bustard

(Ardeotis kori)




Facts about this animal

The Kori bustard is one of the largest flying birds, with a total length of 120-150 cm (males) and a wing length of up to 260 cm, and a weight of up to 18 kg.

The birds are mostly grey in colour, with a black crest on the head. Plumage is similar in the sexes with individual birds showing variation in banding patterns. In females the black on the crown and eye-stripe somewhat reduced.

Kori bustards have no hind toes or preening glands.

Kori bustards are generally silent, but when alarmed, both sexes produce a barking sound. They fly only when necessary because of their weight.

Kori bustards are omnivorous and the plant component of their food may consist of leaves, flowers, seeds, fruit, and pods. Animal prey includes a wide range of insects, other invertebrates, and small reptiles.

Did you know?
that the kori bustard is the heaviest flying bird in the world?


Class AVES
Name (Scientific) Ardeotis kori
Name (English) Kori Bustard
Name (French) Outarde kori
Name (German) Riesentrappe
Name (Spanish) Avutarda Kori
Local names Afrikaans: Gompou
kiSwahili: Tandawala mkubwa
seTswana: Kgori
CITES Status Appendix II
CMS Status Not listed



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Frank Wouters



Range Southern and western Africa
Habitat Wide, open grasslands, and lightly wooded savanna
Wild population The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as "frequen" in at least parts of its range (1996) (Red List IUCN 2011).
Zoo population 153 registered by the International Studbook, of which 89 reported to ISIS (2005)

In the Zoo

Kori Bustard


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 17 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Winfried Buenken

Why do zoos keep this animal

The kori bustard is one of the largest and heaviest birds that can fly, and presenting them is of educational interest. With a view of building up a self-sustaining zoo population, an International Studbook has been established under the WAZA umbrella, and a coordinated conservation breeding programme is operated at the regional level by AZA.