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Dictionary Definition

bustard n : large heavy-bodied chiefly terrestrial game bird capable of powerful swift flight; classified with wading birds but frequents grassy steppes

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  • ˈbʌs.təd
  • "bVs.t@d


  1. Any of various large terrestrial birds of the family Otididae that inhabit dry open country and steppes in the Old World.


Extensive Definition

Bustards are large terrestrial birds mainly associated with dry open country and steppes in the Old World. They make up the family Otididae (formerly known as Otidae).
Bustards are omnivorous and nest on the ground. They walk steadily on strong legs and big toes, pecking for food as they go. They have long broad wings with "fingered" wingtips, and striking patterns in flight. Many have interesting mating displays. They were renowned by the ancient Arabs for being unnaturally stupid.Hayawān, Encyclopedia of Islam
Bustards are gregarious outside the breeding season, but are very wary and difficult to approach in the open habitats they prefer. Most species are declining or endangered through habitat loss and hunting, even where they are nominally protected., but were unfertilized—probably owing to the still juvenile male population. The last bustard died out in Britain in about 1832, but the bird is being reintroduced through batches of chicks imported from Russia.



  • Ecology and conservation of Steppe-Land birds by Gerard Bota et al. International Symposium on Ecology and Conservation of Steppe-land birds. Lynx Edicions 2005. 343 pages. ISBN 84-87334-99-7

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bustard in Afrikaans: Pou
bustard in German: Trappen
bustard in Spanish: Otididae
bustard in Esperanto: Otidedoj
bustard in French: Otididae
bustard in Western Frisian: Trapfûgels
bustard in Ido: Utardo
bustard in Italian: Otididae
bustard in Lithuanian: Eininiai
bustard in Hungarian: Túzokfélék
bustard in Dutch: Trappen
bustard in Japanese: ノガン科 (Sibley)
bustard in Polish: Dropiowate
bustard in Portuguese: Abetarda
bustard in Russian: Дрофиные
bustard in Slovak: Dropotvaré
bustard in Finnish: Trapit
bustard in Swedish: Trappar
bustard in Vietnamese: Họ Ô tác
bustard in Turkish: Toygargiller
bustard in Chinese: 鸨
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