- Tetrax tetrax
Male 40–45 cm (15¾-17¾); Female 40–43 cm (15¾-17 in)
- Small head on long neck
- Long legged
- Brown above and white below
- Grey face
- Black neck with white "V" below throat
- White band on upper breast
Female is marked darker below than the male
Immature birds resemble females.
Europe, Africa and Asia.
Western Europe: France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Latvia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Albania,Bulgaria, Ukraine
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Moldova
Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Israel, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Asia: Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China
South Asia; Pakistan
This is a monotypic species.
Their varied diet consists of beetles, grasshoppers and some invertebrates. They also eat vegetable matter such as shoots, leaves, flowers and seeds.
Their clutch contains 2 to 6 eggs in a ground scrape. Incubation takes 20-22 days.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2019)
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Little Bustard. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 5 June 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Little_Bustard
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