Eupodotis rueppellii (Rüppell's korhaan) 

Woestynkorhaan [Afrikaans]; Rüppell-trap [Dutch]; Outarde de Rüppell [French]; Rüppelltrappe [German]; Abetarda de Rüppell [Portuguese]

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Eupodotis rueppellii (Rüppell's korhaan)  Eupodotis rueppellii (Rüppell's korhaan) 

Rüppell's korhaan male, Uis, Namibia. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Rüppell's korhaan female, Uis, Namibia. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]
Eupodotis rueppellii (Rüppell's korhaan) Eupodotis rueppellii (Rüppell's korhaan) 
Rüppell's korhaan males, Namib Naukluft, Namibia. [photo Johann Grobbelaar ©] Rüppell's korhaan female, Uis, Namibia. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

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 their young.


Not threatened.


  • 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. 



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