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Bird Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

Dusty Miller

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Common Name: Australian Bustard

Scientific Name: Ardeotis australis

Family: Otididae

Order: Gruiformes

Other Names: Bush Turkey. (Not brush)

Distribution: Northern Australia, down to SE corner, but rare in Victoria.

Habitat: Open woodlands and grass plains. Populations are nomadic, following rain and feed.

Field Notes:Large bird, flighty. Up to 1.2 m tall, 2.3 m wingspan, up to 12 kg. Eaten by Central Australian aborigines (hence "bush turkey"). Eat seeds, fruits, insect and centipedes. Largest flying land bird in Australia.

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Rumoured to be good to eat.
These are large birds, when my then preschool son saw his first Bustard beside the road run and take off his
reaction was to exclaim "emus can fly!?!?"
 

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Lucky you pair. I am yet to even see one let alone get a pic (that is I have never seen one in real life)
 

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We dont see them very often, they seem to be more common west of here.
 
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Such a great looking bird and a real character. Wish we had them over here. I always think they look like roadrunner. The cartoon rather than the real bird, although there is a passing resemblance.
 
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