Eupodotis rueppellii (Rüppell's
Woestynkorhaan [Afrikaans]; Rüppell-trap [Dutch]; Outarde
de Rüppell [French]; Rüppelltrappe [German]; Abetarda de Rüppell [Portuguese]
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> Family: Otitidae
Distribution and habitat
Near endemic to western Namibia, marginally extending into
south-western Angola; it generally prefers the gravel and sandy plains of
the Namib Desert.
Movements and migrations
Resident and sedentary.
Mainly eats invertebrates (such as termites), small
reptiles, succulent leaves and seeds, doing most of its foraging by walking
along the ground, plucking prey from the substrate.
- Monogamous, sometimes breeding in pairs or large family groups.
- The nest is a simple scrape in the ground among rocks and stones,
occasionally with plant cover.
- Egg-laying season is year-round, peaking from February-May.
- It lays 1-3 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female.
- Little is known about the development and care of the chicks, other then
that the parents are aggressive to humans and other intruders in defence of
Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts
- Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker
Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.