resting; note the brown body plumage (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

Kori Bustard
Ardeotis kori

Native Range: Africa

Notes: a very large (indeed the largest) bustard; inhabits open savannas; mostly terrestrial but certainly capable of flight; little sexual dimorphism; in an amazing courtship display the male raises his crest, inflates a white throat "balloon", and spreads and throws his tail onto his back.

standing; long legs and long fluffy neck (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

black spotting on the flanks (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

very large bodied (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

female resting (Zoo; 2012-10-09)

female posing for a head portrait (Zoo; 2012-10-09)