The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Red-crested Korhaan

Afrikaans name: Boskorhaan

Red-crested Korhaan

Spot the Red-crested Korhaan chicks

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Lophotis ruficrista

Another name for the Red-crested Korhaan is the Red-crested Bustard.

The Red-crested Korhaan is found in the north-eastern parts of South Africa. It is quite common in Kruger National Park.

The preferred habitat of the Red-crested Korhaan is dry bushveld or semi-desert grassland.

This species mainly feeds on invertebrates but it will also eat seeds and fruit.

Females normally lay their eggs amongst leaf litter on the ground. One or two eggs may be laid in summer.

Males have an elaborate courtship display and breed with more than one female. The plumage of male and female is fairly similar but the black underparts on the male extend on to the chest and the base of their neck is greyish.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 78

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 93

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 57

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 156

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 156

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 208

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 211

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 157

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 150

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 118

Roberts Bird Guide - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 2007 - Page: 90

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 132

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 132

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 114

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 141

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 82

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 26

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 85

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 104

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 52

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 74

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 156

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 156

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 104

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