Arabian Bustard

Arabian Bustard

The Conservation State

Arabian Houbara numbers have declined significantly in the Arabian Peninsula and it appears that only a single group of them are still living in Yemen. It is believed that the total number of members of this group does not exceed 100 birds, and the area in which it lives does not exceed 1,000 square kilometers.

 Scientific name of species

)Ardeotis arabs(

Range Areas

 This bird inhabits the arid regions of Ethiopia through the coastal belt and the Great Desert to Senegal, with a small range extending in Tohama plains and the southwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula.

The Characteristics

 The Arabian Houbara is characterized by its long legs and its relatively large size compared to the Asian and North African Houbara. The dimensions are as follows: the male wings' length is 600-705 mm, the female wings' length is 530-580 mm, tail length (male 290-340 mm), (female 270-300 mm), male weight ranges from 5.86 to 10 kg, and female 4.5-4.75 kg. The color ranges from white (abdomen and chest) and various degrees of sand brown on the wings, with white dots decorating the ends of the feathers. The Arabian Houbara is characterized by a sharp peak that sometimes exceeds 60 mm. The date of the Arabian Houbara breeding season varies depending on the regions in which they live. Generally, it seems to be linked to the rainfall that is usually between September and December in the Arabian Peninsula.




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