Black-bellied Bustard

Lissotis melanogaster

This relatively big bustard with a long neck and strongly mottled back is fairly common in woodland and tall, open grassland. The male is easy to identify with its black belly extending up its neck and its distinctive black and white under wing. The female, however, is more difficult to identify, and it best separated from other bustards by its thin neck and white belly.

We first recorded the female of this species in April 2010 while visiting the Kosi Bay Forest Lodge on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal. Since then we have seen the male on a number of occasions


Black-bellied Bustard / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / December 2019 Black-bellied Bustard / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / December 2019 Black-bellied Bustard / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / December 2019 Black-bellied Bustard / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / December 2019 Black-bellied Bustard / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / June 2016 Black-bellied Bustard / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / December 2019 Black-bellied Bustard – female / Kosi Bay, South Africa / 01 May 2010 Black-bellied Bustard / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / December 2019 Black-bellied Bustard / Flood Plains, Coutada 11, Mozambique / 13 October 2015 Black-bellied Bustard / El Karama, Nanyuki, Kenya / 11 September 2011 Black-bellied Bustard / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / December 2019 Black-bellied Bustard / Flood Plains, Coutada 11, Mozambique / 13 October 2015
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