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Buff-crested Bustard


Quick Facts

Scientific name: Lophotis gindiana
Class: Bird
Weight: 24 to 32 ounces
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Conservation status: Least Concern
Number of offspring: 1 to 2 eggs at a time


I Live in Africa

Buff-crested bustards are native to eastern Africa in countries such as Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. They can be found living in rocky deserts, savannahs and woodlands.

I am an Omnivore

This small species of bird are considered opportunistic hunters that feed on plants, insects, and small rodents in the wild.

Buff-crested Bustards are Solitary

Buff-crested bustards are considered somewhat solitary. They can often be found in pairs or family groups, but do not typically live and travel in large flocks.

Fantastic Flyers

Although they are not frequent flyers, male buff crested bustards will put on elaborate aerial displays, sometimes up to 100 feet in the air, to impress females for mating.

Helping the Buff-crested Bustard in the Wild

The buff crested bustard at the Zoo is enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.

I am Important to My Ecosystem

Due to the range of their diet, buff-crested bustards help keep the insect and rodent populations under control.


Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.