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Houbara Bustard
Chlamydotis undulata

Map of the common names


Similar to Great Bustard (Otis tarda) but smaller (L 63 cm), has long tail and slender tail. Houbara Bustards inhabit open arid areas, gently undulating plains. Feed on insects and seeds. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The distinctive subspecies Chlamidotis undulata fuerteventurae is enterely confined to the Canary Island, where the breeding population is unlikely to excess 400 pairs. The amount of habitat available on the Canary Islands is being reduced by sand extraction, tourist development and agricultural intensification. Illegal hunting, egg-collecting and disturbance during the breeding period are other threats for the species.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 200 / 400 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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