Australian Bustard

Ardeotis australis

The Australian Bustard is a very large, heavy-bodied, ground-dwelling bird up to one m tall. The larger male has a wingspan of up to 2.3 m. They are listed in NSW as Endangered.

They may be found in inland Australia but are now scarce or absent from southern and south-eastern Australia. In NSW, they are mainly found in the north-west corner and less often recorded in the lower western and central west plains regions. Occasional vagrants are still seen as far east as the western slopes and Riverine plain.

  The Australian Bustard forage for insects, young birds, lizards, mice, leaves, seeds and fruit, and they are known to converge on areas with high mice numbers and in recently burnt areas.