Monday, 22 February 2010

Wildlife: Great Bustard

The Great Bustard Otis tarda is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world. Indeed, it may well be the heaviest of all as some males can be 25 kilos. It is an Old World species that typically lives on lowland, dry grasslands (as well as on suitable farmland) ranging from the Iberian Peninsula eastwards to China. Once found over most of lowland Europe it's range decreased steadily for many years and today it is absent from most countries with the strongholds being Spain and Hungary. Good numbers are still found in Russia and the Ukraine, too.

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