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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern Black Korhaan

Afrikaans name: Swartkorhaan

Southern Black Korhaan

Southern Black Korhaan

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Eupodotis afra

The Southern Black Korhaan is found in grasslands, arid scrub and other similar habitats. It is quite common in suitable habitat ad can often be heard if not seen.

They are about 30 cm in length and weigh around 700 grams. Females are slightly smaller than males. The female does not have black on her neck and head. She only has it on her belly. It is most often males that are seen as females are very secretive.

The Southern Black Korhaan may be found singly or in pairs but, even if they are a pair, the male tends to be the one that is seen.

Their food consists predominantly of plants but they do also eat insects.

Most often they breed during October to December. Their nest is just a simple scrape on the ground. Normally only one egg is laid.


References and further reading

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

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 74

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 410

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 213

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 210

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

Wild Issue 36 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 66

List of South African Birds

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