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Red-crested Korhaan

Afrikaans name: Boskorhaan

Red-crested Korhaan

Spot the Red-crested Korhaan chicks

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Lophotis ruficrista

Another name for the Red-crested Korhaan is the Red-crested Bustard.

The Red-crested Korhaan is found in the north-eastern parts of South Africa. It is quite common in Kruger National Park.

The preferred habitat of the Red-crested Korhaan is dry bushveld or semi-desert grassland.

This species mainly feeds on invertebrates but it will also eat seeds and fruit.

Females normally lay their eggs amongst leaf litter on the ground. One or two eggs may be laid in summer.

Males have an elaborate courtship display and breed with more than one female. The plumage of male and female is fairly similar but the black underparts on the male extend on to the chest and the base of their neck is greyish.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 156

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 74

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 26

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 82

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 211

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 208

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 156

List of South African Birds

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