Australian Bustard (species: Ardeotis australis) in Willandra NP (Gaia Guide)
Ardeotis australis
Australian Bustard

©Werner Witte: Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

©Petr Baum: Australian Bustard doing its throat display (Ardeotis australis)

©Alec Brennan: Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Gruiformes
Family Otididae
Genus Ardeotis
Species Ardeotis australis
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

Although it is the largest extant flying land bird in Australia, this long-legged bird is the smallest species in the Ardeotis genus. The back, wings and tail are dull brown, mottled black and white markings on the wing coverts. The neck and head appear dull white and the crown black. Legs are yellow to cream coloured. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 120 cm (Height) - applies to Males
  • Up to 80 cm (Height) - applies to Females


  • Up to 230 cm - applies to Males
  • Up to 180 cm - applies to Females



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is a large ground bird of grassland, woodland and open agricultural country across northern Australia and southern New Guinea.


When disturbed, Australian Bustards often adopt a cryptic pose with neck erect and bill pointed skywards. They may stalk gradually away or run if alarmed, taking flight as a last resort. (Wikipedia)


Populations are highly nomadic following rain and feed, which includes seeds, fruit, centipedes, insects, molluscs, lizards, young birds and small rodents. (Wikipedia)

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