Great Indian Bustards

Great Indian Bustard

Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) is a bustard found in India and possibly Pakistan.

This bird is found in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states of India. Ghatigaon and Karera santuaries in Madhya Pradesh had sizeable population earlier but now there is no Great Indian Bustard seen in Karera wildlife sanctuary in Shivpuri district. A small population of these birds still resides in Nanaj sanctuary near Solapur in Maharashtra.

It lives in arid and semi-arid grasslands.

The current population is estimated at less than 1,000. The main threat to its existence is habitat loss.


It is a large, brown-and-white bird, the male 122 cm in length and the female 92 cm.

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