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PRESENTATION ON BLACK BELLIED BASTARD. Group no 2. Introduction . One of the presentative species in the family Otididae is Black bellied bastard. . IDENTIFICATION. Medium size. The belly is black toward the neck. They have long brown feet. Also the neck is longer.

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Presentation on black bellied bastard

PRESENTATION ON BLACK BELLIED BASTARD.

Group no 2


Introduction

Introduction

One of the presentative species in the family Otididae is Black bellied bastard.


Identification

IDENTIFICATION.

  • Medium size.

  • The belly is black toward the neck.

  • They have long brown feet.

  • Also the neck is longer.

  • The upper part of its body is brown from tail to the neck.

  • They have no hallux.

  • Cyptriccolouration for camolfage.


Classification

CLASSIFICATION.

  • Kingdom – Animalia

  • Phylum – Chordata.

  • Class – Aves.

  • Order – Gruiformes.

  • Family – Otididae.

  • Genus – Eupodotis.

  • Species – Melanogastar.


Distribution

DISTRIBUTION.

  • These birds are widely distributed in East Africa especially Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi. HABITAT.

  • They are mostly found in the open grassland, wooded grassland, and acacia-carnifora woodland.

  • Ground birds are terrestrial.


Mode of feeding

MODE OF FEEDING.

  • They feed mostly on insects such as grasshoppers, butterfly, termites and sometimes feed on earthworms.

  • This is due to their modified bills for picking insects.


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Cont…

  • SOCIAL-ORGANISATION.

  • These are monogamous birds.

  • They live in pair female and male AGE AND SEX DETERMINATION.

  • Males only have Black belly, female have white belly.

  • Males are slightly larger than females.

  • The neck of the female is entire brown while the neck of the male has brown colour at the back and black at the foreside.


Presentation on black bellied bastard

  • REPRODUCTION.

  • They are monogamous.

  • They lay eggs ranging from 1-4 during the dry season.

  • Their eggs are brown in colour as a mechanism that they can’t be seen easily by predators or enemies.

  • Males do courtship display by widening their necks so that the females do attracted.

  • The chicks after hitched are prococial means they are active after few minutes following their mother and sometimes hide themselves against birds of prey and other enemies.


Presentation on black bellied bastard

BEHAVIOUR.

The males tends to hiding their necks during courtship display.

During normal locomotion are all tend to swing their neck forward and backward slowly.

If chased by their enemies they have the habit of surrounding the shrubs.


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CONSERVATION STATUS.

They are abundant.

Widely distributed in Sub-saharran countries.


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CONCLUSION.

The government of Tanzania should put more efforts on conservation of these birds since they are very important ecologically, economically, social-cultural.


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