noun \ˈbəs-tərd\

Definition of BUSTARD

:  any of a family (Otididae) of large chiefly terrestrial Old World and Australian game birds

Origin of BUSTARD

Middle English, modification of Middle French bistarde, from Old Italian bistarda, from Latin avis tarda, literally, slow bird
First Known Use: 15th century

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Kori bustard (Ardeotis kori)—M.P. Kahl

Any of about 23 species of medium-sized to large game birds in the family Otididae, related to the cranes and rails in the order Gruiformes. Bustards are found in Africa, southern Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Guinea. A tall running bird, they have long legs, a compact body carried in a horizontal position, and an erect neck placed forward of the legs. The best-known species is the great bustard (Otis tarda), the largest European land bird. Males of this species weigh as much as 31 lbs (14 kg) and reach lengths of 4 ft (1.2 m), with 8-ft (2.4-m) wingspreads.


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