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Europe
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Shared by : Bharat Adhikari (Nepal)
Habitat : Southern Europe
Status : Near Threatened
Introduction
It is a large bird in the bustard family, the only member of the genus Tetrax. The genus name is from Ancient Greek and refers to a gamebird mentioned by Aristophanes and others.
Although the smallest Palearctic bustard, the little bustard is still pheasant-sized at 42-45 cm (17-18 in) long with a 90-110 cm (35-43 in) wingspan and a weight of 830 g (29 oz). In flight, the long wings are extensively white. The breeding male is brown above and white below, with a grey head and a black neck bordered above and below by white.
This species is omnivorous, taking seeds, insects, rodents and reptiles. Like other bustards, the male little bustard has a flamboyant display with foot stamping and leaping in the air. Females lay 3 to 5 eggs on the ground.
It has a stately slow walk and tends to run when disturbed rather than fly. It is gregarious, especially in winter.
Habitat
Dry grassland, pastoral land, open grassland.
Threats
Habitat loss.

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