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Great Bustard by EWilloughby Great Bustard by EWilloughby

The great bustard, Otis tarda, is a gruiform endemic to southern and central Europewith winter populations stretching across temperate Asia. This bustard, the only member of its genus, is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world, with males reaching over 3 feet in height and up to 40 pounds (though averages seem to center around 25). They are also one of the most sexually dimorphic bird species in the world, with males being up to four times the size of the females.

As with most birds with much larger dimorphic males, these bustards are polygamous and males compete, often quite viciously, for the rights to mate with up to five females. And like a number of gruiforms, the males strut and puff in large leks in order to gain attention of the females, who watch and choose. Males have a flamboyant and highly species-specific display routine that apparently drives the ladies wild. 

The great bustard is currently categorized as vulnerable, mostly as a result of habitat loss from increased agriculturalization of its native breeding habitats. 

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:iconbleskobleska-yandere:
It looks like alive! Great artwork :3
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Here in Italy we call this bird "otarda", and this portrait, simply put, is perfect.
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23aroth Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
is it okay if I use this in a project of mine but change where they live
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks incredible, love the colours!
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AntoninJury Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Pretty feathers, thanks for share !!
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BurningResurrection Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
We have a number of them living here
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keight Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
Excellent work, Emily.
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
Absolutely stunning!
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grisador Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
İts so sad that they're almost entirely hunted to extinction illegaly; thought no laws are even enforced.

Still amazing artwork !
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work :)
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jambe Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Excellent rendering.

Worthy of note is Chris Packham's Tweet of the Day about the Great Bustard, a two-minute overview of the bird & its reintroduction to Britain punctuated by its, er, unique vocalization:

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03sr…
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LeahCK Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, so beautiful!
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