File this under: “Things You Only See at the Phoenix Zoo”
Kori bustards are a large bird found in the savannas and semi-deserts in southern and eastern Africa.
Although they are one of the heaviest birds that can still fly, they rarely do unless threatened, preferring to walk or run. They are omnivorous, eating bugs, small reptiles, rodents and some fruit. Males will mate with multiple females and take no part in raising the young. The female will lay 1-2 eggs in a scrape on the ground and incubate for 23 days. The chicks are able to follow mom within a few hours and will stay with her until the next breeding season even though they fledge at about 5 weeks.
Due to Kori bustard recommendations we are hand-raising this chick until it is old enough to be introduced to other Kori bustards. It is growing rapidly and will be going outside for exercise on days when the temperature is above 70 degrees F.
On those colder days, the chick (and our Bird team!) gets lots of exercise indoors… as Bryan MacAulay, Collection Manager of Birds, demonstrates here.