General Description

Tall ground-dwelling bird. Neck and face appears grey with black stripe at base across breast. Black cap on head, bill pale. Upperparts of body brown, lowerparts creamy white with black and white patterning between. Juveniles lack the black breast stripe. Legs pale. Up to 1 m tall.


Australian Bustards used to be common across the country but are now uncommon in southern Australia and are mostly restricted to inland areas in the north of the country. They are usually seen alone or in pairs, occasionally in small groups. They eat seeds and fruit as well as small animals. Eggs are laig on the ground, one or two in a clutch.


Mainland Australia.


Grassland and open woodland.

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