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A photo of a Rüppell's Korhaan (Eupodotis rueppelii)
Rüppell's Korhaan

Rüppell's Korhaan

Eupodotis rueppelii

The Rüppell's korhaan, also known as Rüppell's bustard, is a modestly sized bird of the Otididae family, measuring approximately 60 cm in length. It is adorned with a grey head and neck, featuring less pronounced black stripes down the throat in females. The eye is accentuated by black stripes, with white cheeks offering a stark contrast. The upper body is cloaked in sandy brown, while the underparts remain white. Its legs are a sandy yellow-brown, blending seamlessly with its arid surroundings.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify Rüppell's korhaan, look for the distinctive black stripes through the eye and on the sides of the neck, as well as the white cheeks that stand out against the grey head and neck. The bird's overall sandy brown and white coloration is also a key characteristic to note.

Habitat

Rüppell's korhaan is typically found in regions with sparse rainfall, such as deserts, plains, and savannahs. These habitats provide the backdrop for the bird's existence, where it relies on its keen senses for survival and safety.

Distribution

Native to southwestern Africa, this species can be observed in Angola and Namibia. Notable locations for sightings include the Namibrand Nature Reserve, Mirabib and Ganab in the Namib-Naukluft Park, Bloedkoppie, and the environs of Spitzkoppe.

Behaviour

The Rüppell's korhaan is generally monogamous, although it may sometimes breed in large family groups. It is known for its elusive nature and natural shyness, which, coupled with its effective camouflage, makes it a challenging subject for observation.

Breeding

Breeding occurs throughout the year, with a peak from February to May. Nests are crafted among rocks and stones, occasionally adorned with plant material. The female may lay 1-3 eggs per cycle and is solely responsible for their incubation.

Diet and Feeding

An omnivorous bird, the Rüppell's korhaan's diet consists predominantly of invertebrates, including small reptiles and termites, supplemented by leaves and seeds. It forages by pecking at the ground while walking.

Conservation status

The Rüppell's korhaan is currently classified as Least Concern by the IUCN. However, bustards are highly susceptible to habitat loss or modification, often due to agricultural expansion, hunting, and poaching. Conservation efforts in Namibia are crucial for the species' continued survival.

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