bustard

noun
bus·​tard | \ˈbəs-tərd \

Definition of bustard 

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

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The largest great bustard recorded tipped the scales at more than 46 pounds—that’s slightly heavier than a full-size border collie. National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018 Her own research has found that, on weekends in Spain, birds like little bustards and pin-tailed sandgrouse change their behavior in response to more people flocking to the countryside. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Fear of Humans Is Forcing Daytime Animals Into Night Mode," 14 June 2018 Great bustards make their habitats in open, flat grasslands and steppes of Europe and southern Russia. National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018 The Arabian Desert abounded with the houbara bustard, a migratory, partridge-like fowl found in arid habitats across Asia and northern Africa. New York Times, "In Dubai, Flying With the Falcons," 17 Jan. 2018 There is a bird community of some 200 species, including steppe birds such as the great bustard and endemic species such as the Iberian Imperial eagle, one of the most endangered birds of prey in the world. National Geographic, "UN Announces 23 New Nature Reserves While U.S. Removes 17," 14 June 2017 There is a bird community of some 200 species, including steppe birds such as the great bustard and endemic species such as the Iberian Imperial eagle, one of the most endangered birds of prey in the world. Alex Treadway, National Geographic, "UN Announces 23 New Nature Reserves While U.S. Removes 17," 14 June 2017 Like the great Indian bustard, one of the heaviest flying birds, down to a couple of hundred of its kind. The issue is larger than the number of collections of poetry sold each year. Daniel Halpern, New York Times, "A Few Questions for Poetry," 30 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of bustard

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bustard

Middle English, modification of Middle French bistarde, from Old Italian bistarda, from Latin avis tarda, literally, slow bird

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