Houbara bustard

Photo of houbara bustard: source Canarian govt.

The Houbara bustard is the largest bird in the Canaries and is threatened by habitat destruction and alteration in critical areas basically because of pressures from tourism  The Canarian sub-species is endemic to flat semi-desert planes in La Graciosa, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, where it feeds on seeds, and small animals such as lizrads and beetles. see Life Project for the conservation of Houbara in the Canaries (SEO).

Translation: houbara bustard : avutarda hubara (Cast) Chlamydotis undulata

Wikipedia notes:

The Houbara Bustard, Chlamydotis undulata, is a large bird in the bustard family. It breeds in the Canary Islands, north Africa and south western Asia. The Asian race has recently been split as a separate species, Macqueen's Bustard, Chlamydotis maqueenii.

The dividing line between the two species is the Sinai peninsula. Houbara Bustard is largely resident, but Macqueen's has a greater tendency to wander. For example, a handful of Chlamydotis bustards have reached Great Britain, mainly in the 19th century. All those attributable to a species have been the more geographically remote Macqueen's.

It is, alas, unlikely that any more of this species will reach western Europe, since it has been hunted to near-extinction in the Middle East by Arab falconers. Conservation efforts by the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the United Arab Emirates have given some hope for the future of the Houbara Bustard.[1]

This superspecies breeds in deserts and other very arid sandy areas. In the Canarian part of its range, Macqueen's is a bird of the dry lava slopes of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura islands.

This bird is 60cm long with an 140cm wingspan. It is brown above and white below, with a black stripe down the sides of its neck. In flight, the long wings show large areas of black and brown on the flight feathers.

Sexes are similar, but the female is smaller and greyer above. Houbara is slightly larger and paler than Macqueen's. Both species are vocally almost silent.

Like other bustards, these have a flamboyant display raising the white feathers of the head and throat and withdrawing the head. 2-4 eggs are laid on the ground.

This species is omnivorous taking seeds, insects and other small creatures. From Wikipedia

See Birdlife considers Canarian Houbara bustard still threatened SEO/BirdLife considera que la Hubara Canaria es una especie amenazada (24/01/06)

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