Little Bustard

Tetrax tetrax

Armenian Name: Փոքր արոս
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Little Bustard

See Plate 23 for Little Bustard and other similar species

Resident Status: Casual
Length:40-45 cm, Wing Span:105-115 cm
Distribution Map: Map 106.
Description: Brownish upperparts with extensive fine gray and black bars, largely white upperwings, and white underparts.
Adult (Breeding): Male: gray face and chin; black neck with white V below chin and white half-collar at base of neck. Female: extensive streaks and dots on head, neck, and upperparts.
Adult (Non-breeding): Males similar to female but with whiter less-marked flanks.
Similar Species: Differs from other bustards by small size and mostly white upperwings.
Behavior: In fall, feeds in cultivated fields. Visits ponds to drink. Wings of males make a whistling sound in flight.
Habitat: Sage semideserts, mountain steppe.
Food: Green plants, grains, insects.