Why the Kori Bustard as our logo?
Ardeotis kori – Kori Bustard
Africa’s heaviest flying bird
The Kori Bustard is considered the largest and heaviest bird capable of flight. It is certainly Africa’s heaviest flying bird. These are sizable ground dwelling birds spotted quite easily because of their size and well… they are quite slow to move unless threatened. They spend very little of their time in flight.
Just like us, the Kori Bustard likes taking things slow, enjoying the experiences that Africa has to offer. Road trips far preferred to a quick flight. The beauty that can be seen along the way, now this is not to be missed! But, this is not to say that the Kori Bustard is not open to all experiences… when it takes flight, the heavy beat of its wings can be heard, just as we hope to be heard and the large wingspan speaks of strength as it gracefully navigates the African skies.
Photo Arnstein Rønning Ardeotis_kori_flying
Where can they be found
The Kori Bustard can be found throughout Southern Africa and prefer open areas giving them a sense of security as they are better able to gauge their surroundings. Think open grasslands, arid open plains…
It has been known to be called the Kalahari chicken. Yes, one can spot this large bird at the Augrabies Falls National Park but the Kori Bustard is also found on the plains of Etosha Pan National Park, the grasslands of the Kruger National Park, the Pilansberg National Park the Kgalagai Transfrontier Park.
Having spent so much time visiting some of the areas above, one can understand the need for open spaces, the raw beauty of what can be considered sometimes drab landscapes. It is only when you begin to actually look, really and truly take in your surrounds that you appreciate that every inch of Africa holds beauty.
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence.” – Robert Lynd
A Shy, watchful bird
A watchful bird, usually shy, navigating the open areas either elegantly walking, crouching, or running at the first sign of danger. The Kori Bustard is however not all blushing and a show of grace. It can be a fearless and confident bird especially when it comes to protecting its young. Usually a silent bird, emitting loud growling barks when frightened and more often than not, females with young chicks are the more vocal. Parents will understand this completely! A fitting logo, seeing as the youngest of the African Travel Bird crew, with a fierce and protective mum, is 8 years old in 2020. There is bound to be some barking!
Drinks, Food, cuisine, nosh…call it what you will
The Kori Bustard is an opportunistic and omnivorous creature, which is usually active during the early daytime hours and last rays of the day. It can be found snacking on insects as well as the green stuff, a delicious snack has been known to include the Scarabaeus (dung beetle) which is one of our favourite bugs here at African Travel Bird. On one’s travels, you should really be paying attention to the small stuff, as much as the big. A firm favourite of the Kori Bustard… the gum of the acacia tree (we’re partial to a sip of plant juices ourselves) has given rise to its Afrikaans name, the ‘Gompou’. Directly translated this means, the gum peacock. Another attribute that makes this a unique bird is that it sucks up its water when drinking instead of scooping it up as can be found with most bird species. Kori Bustard tend to stay in any given area for as long as there is food. Once the food has run out, only then do they tend to move on. It’s not over until there is no food…and plant juice!
We do hope you will keep following our story, learn a bit from our adventures and most of all… feel free to live your own adventure!
“Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” – David Attenborough