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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:30 pm    Post subject: Bustards????? Reply with quote

Hi,does anyone on this website raise bustards?If so are they hard to raise? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might take some luck to find the smaller species in the US and very doubtful you'll find anyone with the larger species. I worked with Kori Bustards at the zoo and they are quite demanding. They have a unique diet that was prepped twice per day; large and very powerful birds, often took more than 2 to restrain and move. Unless one has a full time keeper and vetstaff, lots of room and money, the large species aren't going to be found.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:45 am    Post subject: bustards in captivity Reply with quote

Bustards are not very well-known in Western captivity. In the Middle East, however, they are the passion of the wealthy sheikhs, who have invested millions of dollars in the preservation of these birds, especially Houbara.

I have been involved in the captive breeding of these birds for many years, espcially in the Middle East. The species we have been working with are the following ;

Houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulata) - UAE and KSA
Kori bustard (Ardeotis kori) - Western Europe and UAE
Heuglin's bustard (Neotis heuglini) - UAE
White Bellied bustard (Eupodotis senegalensis) UAE - Spain
Black bustard (Eupodotis afra) UAE - South Africa
Rufous crested bustard (Eupoditis ruficrista) - UAE
Great bustard (Otis tarda) - Western Europe

Bustards are gruiformes and they belong to the Otitidae. They are not very well-known in western zoos, neither by private aviculturists.

Though not very colorful, they are one of the most impressive birds on earth when they display.

I remember well the fantastic circling dance display of the Houbaras, and the typical balloon display of the Koris at Al Ain zoo, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Koris are being kept in Al Ain Zoo in the biggest aviary in the world and Houbaras are without doubt the most expensive exotic gruiform when taking into account the fabulous investments wealthy Arabs have done to preserve the species from total extinction. Great bustards are hard to breed as they do not easily adapt to captivity. Most of these birds raised in captivity are from eggs collected by farmers and wildlife people in the fields during the breeding season. There are several breeding centers and/or rehabilition centers in Europe and Russia where researchers try to raise these young Otis tarda for release and restocking in the wild.

1. Photograph of some Otis tarda in the wilds in Spain ;




2. Photograph of one researcher at the NARC, UAE preparing one Kori bustard for export to Duisburg Zoo, Germany




3. Photograph of displaying Houbara on the cover of book ; Ecology of the Houbara Bustard




4. Photograph of frontal display by male Houbara bustard




5. Frontal display by male Great bustard in Hungary


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:54 pm    Post subject: bustards Reply with quote

I know that Phil Castleman of Castle Arms furs and feathers had some,but I don't recall which kind he has.He is in Mass.
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