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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.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 104

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 156

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

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 52

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 85

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

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 114

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 132

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 132

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 93

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 150

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 157

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 - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 156

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

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 57

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 78

List of South African Birds

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