Australian Bustard > mating call & plumage ◦

Breeding once a year, the male Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) puts on a wonderful show when courting a female. The male display and call is highlighted by showing off the erect tail feathers and inflating a large throat sac, whilst strutting around making a loud, deep, roaring noise.

Australian Bustards breed once a year, with the male standing at about a metre in height, with a wingspan that is approximately twice the height. The female is slightly smaller then the male. The newly hatched chicks are striped dark and light in colour.

Following are some video of the male Australian Bustard mating call:

There are more images of the Australian Bustard on our Alice Springs Desert Park section: Australian Bustard.

Images © Greg Sully / Images © Ausemade PL


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Otidiformes
  • Family: Otididae
  • Genus: Ardeotis
  • Species: A. australis
  • Binomial name: Ardeotis australis