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Little Bustard
Tetrax tetrax

Map of the common names

Medium-sized bird (L 40 cm), extremely fearful, it is difficult seen. In summer plumage, males are easily recognised by its black neck with a white collar and white breast, belly and flanks. Little Bustard inhabit open areas, mainly steppelands: pasture, cereal or alfalfa crops. In winter and during migration, the species occurs in meadows and extensive plains. Birds feed on insects, herbs and seeds. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Little Bustard is a scarcely distributed species in the EU and has experienced a heavy population decline during last years. The main cause of the decline is habitat loss due to forestry and agricultural intensification, although the species seems to be able to adapt to new crops if there is tranquillity. Shooting and pesticides are less important problems.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
66,000 / 100,000 birds

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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