Otidiformes – Bustards

These ground-dwelling birds with their elegant walk are reluctant but powerful fliers and include the world’s heaviest flying birds

This order includes bustards, floricans, and korhaans. They are shy birds by nature, and their coloring can make them quite hard to spot in the grasslands and savannas. Their sizes vary, with the Little bustard weighing approximately the size of a chicken and the Great bustard and Kori bustard males weighing close to 20 kg (44 pounds).

Their diet usually includes plants and insects. Many species in this order have elaborate courtship displays that people travel from all over the world to glimpse. These birds are ground-nesting, making their nests quite vulnerable to predation. Hunting and habitat loss are two other threats to the populations of these birds.