Year of 2018

Male kori bustard, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

If you were to assemble a football team on the southern African savannah, chances are you’d want the kori bustard on your team. This husky bird is one of the heaviest animals capable of flight and is the largest flying bird native to Africa. Males can weigh up to 40 pounds. Given the heavy load, the kori bustard prefers to travel by foot, and is known to be slow and careful as it forages for food. This bird is so large, in fact, that smaller birds are known to perch on its back and catch a free ride.

The kori bustard is the largest flying bird native to Africa. It is a member of the bustard family, which all belong to the order Otidiformes and are restricted in distribution to the Old World. It is one of the four species in the large-bodied Ardeotis genus. In fact, the male kori bustard may be the heaviest living animal capable of flight.
Scientific name: Ardeotis kori
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Ardeotis
Ardeotis kori Etosha
Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori Burchell, Etosha National park, Namibia