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Books about Bustards

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Bustards. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Great Bustard
Otis tarda

Arabian Bustard
Ardeotis arabs

Kori Bustard
Ardeotis kori

Great Indian Bustard
Ardeotis nigriceps

Australian Bustard
Ardeotis australis

Houbara Bustard
Chlamydotis undulata

Macqueen's Bustard
Chlamydotis macqueenii

Ludwig's Bustard
Neotis ludwigii

Denham's Bustard
Neotis denhami

Heuglin's Bustard
Neotis heuglinii

Nubian Bustard
Neotis nuba

Black Bustard
Eupodotis afra

White-quilled Bustard
Eupodotis afraoides

Blue Bustard
Eupodotis caerulescens

Little Brown Bustard
Eupodotis humilis

Rüppell's Bustard
Eupodotis rueppellii

White-bellied Bustard
Eupodotis senegalensis

Karoo Bustard
Eupodotis vigorsii

Savile's Bustard
Lophotis savilei

Buff-crested Bustard
Lophotis gindiana

Red-crested Bustard
Lophotis ruficrista

Black-bellied Bustard
Lissotis melanogaster

Hartlaub's Bustard
Lissotis hartlaubii

Bengal Florican
Houbaropsis bengalensis

Lesser Florican
Sypheotides indica

Little Bustard
Tetrax tetrax


Back from the Brink

Malcolm Smith

Whittles Publishing


"Back from the Brink is an antidote to a world that seems full of stories of wildlife doom and gloom. Amongst all the loss of habitat and the animals and plants that are in spiralling decline, it's easy to forget that there are a huge number of positive stories too; animals threatened with extinction, such as the gigantic European Bison - extinct in the wild - having their fortunes reversed and their futures secured. This is the story of some of these successes."

The book comprises fifteen chapters each covering a specific species or groups of species. There are six bird related chapters: Wild Turkey, Houbara Bustard, India's Vultures, Whooping Crane, Zino's Petrel and Mauritius Kestrel.

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Australian Bustard

Mark Ziembicki

Australian Natural History Series



"The Australian bustard is Australia's heaviest flying bird. It is an icon of the Australian outback where it is more commonly known as the bush or plains turkey. It is also culturally and spiritually significant to Aboriginal people, who prize it as a favourite bush tucker. This book provides the first complete overview of the biology of the Australian bustard, based on the first major study of the species. The author explores the bustard's ecology and behaviour, its drastic decline since European settlement, and the conservation issues affecting it and its environment. Colour photographs of juvenile and adult birds complement the text as well as showcase particular behaviours, such as the spectacular display routines of males when mating. Australian Bustard is the perfect book for natural history enthusiasts."

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Ecology of Houbara Bustard in Punjab and Nag Valley (Balochistan)

Muhamad Nadeem

VDM Verlag


"This describes Ecology of Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis macqueenii) a desert adapted species in Pakistan."

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Bustard Studies No. 6: Great Bustards in Russia and Ukraine

Journal of the ICBP Bustard Group

Editor: Heinz Litzbarski and Henrik Watzke

Forderverein Grosstrappenschutz


"Results of a study undertaken by the German Society for the Protection of Great Bustard in collaboration with Russian biologists from the Saratov region, in order to design effective conservation measures."

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Ecology and Conservation of Steppe-land Birds

Editor: G. Bota, M. B. Morales, S. Manosa, J. Camprodon

Lynx Edicions


"A treatise on the biology of steppe birds and the environmental threats they face. It has been authored by recognized specialists in the field of biology and conservation as related to this heterogeneous and peculiar bird group."

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Distribution and status of Great Bustards, Otis tarda, in the Konya Basin, Turkey, Spring 2000

C. Heunks, E. Heunks, G. Eken and B. Kurt

Foundation Working Group International Wader and Waterfowl Research


"The Great Bustard, Otis tarda, is a globally threated species. Information on numbers and distribution in Turkey is scarce. Previous work of DHKD suggested that probably the best area for Great Bustards in Turkey is the converted steppe of the Central Anatolian Plateau. For this reason a Great Bustard survey was carried out in this region, here termed the Konya Basin, in spring 2000. During this survey 83 birds (34 males) were located in four different areas within the Konya Basin. Birds were found on three different display grounds. Habitat descriptions of display grounds do not suggest any exclusive relationship between Great Bustard distribution and habitat, but human activity is substantial in all areas ant there are strong indications that the suitability of display grounds depends on the relative intensity of human activity. Numbers are still significant in this region, but the species is subject to heavy disturbance and the status of these populations is far from secure. Extrapolation of basin-wide numbers is not possible given current data. Additional surveys are recommended to discover new display grounds and to gain an insight into seasonal movemnets by Great Bustard. Conservation action is recommended to safeguard the Turkish Great Bustard population in the near future."

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Counting Houbara Bustard

Fred Launay and Theri Bailey

Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, Abu Dhabi


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Propagation of the Houbara Bustard

Editor: M. Jalme and Y. von Heezik

Kegan Paul


"This book highlights the achievements of the National Wildlife Research Center, Saudi Arabia, in securing the survival of the species through captive breeding, before restoring and reintroducing this bird to its previous habitat in Arabia. The breeding programme has proved to be the greatest source of information on the bird, yielding data not obtainable at present from wild houbaras. The work is a practical "how-to" manual for breeding houbara in captivity. It also presents and summarizes data obtained on houbara diet, behaviour, physiology, reproductive biology and veterinary care that have enabled the breeding programme to succeed. The book will be of interest to those attempting to keep or breed houbara, to keepers or breeders of other bustard species, and to all those who are studying or managing wild populations."

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The Great Bustard in the Reserve of Las Lagunas de Villafáfila

Javier A Alonso, Juan C Alonso, Enrique Martín and Manuel B Morales

Dual language: Spanish/English



"This book describes the biology of the great bustard at the Reserve of Villafáfila, NW Spain, based on the results of a research project carried out there by the authors between 1987 and 1995."

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Bustard Studies No. 5

Journal of the ICBP Bustard Group

Editor: Paul D. Goriup

Birdlife International


Bustards in Russia and neighboring countries.

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Bustards, Hemipodes and Sandgrouse: Birds of Dry Places

Paul A. Johnsgard

Oxford University Press


"The bustards, hemipodes, and sandgrouse represent three taxonomically distinct and diverse families. Most of their members have become adapted to life in deserts, semi-deserts, or steppes of the Old World. This is the first monograph covering any of these groups, and is a companion volume to the author's The Pheasants of the World and The Quails, Partridges, and Francolins of the World. It covers all fifty-one extant species, and all but one of them are illustrated by paintings by Major Henry Jones, done from specimens in The Natural History Museum, London. These paintings are owned by The Zoological Society of London and are reproduced with their permission. The Lark-quail is illustrated by a new painting by Mark Marcuson. The text includes comparative chapters on the taxonomy and phylogeny of the three bird groups, their zoogeographic patterns, social behaviour, breeding biology, and status (in cases of rare or endangered species). The species accounts include identification criteria, summaries of available biological information, and range descriptions. Keys for the identification of genera and species are also provided, and approximately four-hundred literature sources are cited."

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Bustard Studies No. 4

Journal of the ICBP Bustard Group

Editor: Paul D. Goriup

Birdlife International


Papers Presented at the International Symposium on Bustards hosted by the Dubai Wildlife Research Centre, United Arab Emirates, November 1984.

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Bustard Studies No. 3

Journal of the ICBP Bustard Group

Editor: Paul D. Goriup

Birdlife International


Proceedings of the International Symposium on Bustards, Peshawar, Pakistan, 4-6 October 1983.

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Bustard Studies No. 2

Journal of the ICBP Bustard Group

Editor: Paul D. Goriup

Birdlife International


Proceedings of the European Bustard Symposium, Leon, Spain, 1980.

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Results of a Preliminary Survey of Bengal Floricans, Houbaropsis bengalensis in Nepal and India, 1982

C. Inskipp

ICBP Study Report No. 2


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Bustard Studies No. 1

Journal of the ICBP Bustard Group

Editor: Paul D. Goriup

Birdlife International


Report of the ICBP Fuerteventura Houbara Expedition, 1979.

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Catalogue Of The Fulicariae (Ralidae and Heliornithidae) And Alectorides (Aramidae, Eurypygidae, Mesitidae, Rhinochetidae, Gruidae, Psophiidae, And Otididae) In The Collection Of The British Museum

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XXIII

R. Bowdler Sharpe

9 colour plates: J.G. Keulemans

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)



"The numbers of the species of the nine families treated of in the twenty-third volume, and of the specimens at present in the Collection, are as follows: Rallidae, 187; Heliornithidae, 4; Aramidae, 2; Eurypygidae, 2; Mesitidae, 1; Rhinochetidae, 1; Gruidae, 19; Psophiidae, 6; Otididae, 30. In the first category 29 forma are included which are considered by the author to be of only subspecific rank, while 33 species and subspecies are still unrepresented in the Collection of the Museum. Beside the 49 types of recognized species, the Collection contains 27 other typical specimens which are now relegated to the synonyms. As in the preceding volumes, the series of specimens of the American and Indian species are derived chiefly from the Hume, Tweeddale, and Godman-Salvin Collections; but they have been largely supplemented by a generous donation from Mr. Seebohn. For other additions to this volume the Trustees are indebted to the Right Hon. Lord Lilford, Colonel Irby, Mr. H. 0. Forbes, Mr. P. L. Sclater, and Mr. F. W. Styan."
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