Macqueen's Bustard

      Chlamydotis macqueenii

      Information

      The Macqueen's Bustard, with a range from the Sinai Peninsula across the Central Asian steppes to Northwestern China and Mongolia, is endangered due to it being heavily hunted by falconers. Tourism spreading further and further into remote areas and habitat degradation also afflict these birds which are sensitive to disturbance. Their sand-brown plumage acts as an excellent camouflage in the semi-deserts and dry steppes. Displaying males raise feathers of head and throat and trot around with head withdrawn onto back.

      Status (in CH)
      vagrant

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      -
      Migration behaviour
      resident to short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      55-65
      wing span (cm)
      130-150
      Weight (g)
      1100-3100
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      plants
      Group
      Bustards
      Habitat
      farmland