Strange bird makes truly unique 'cork-popping' call

EmotionsofAfricaPublished: January 30, 2018Updated: February 1, 2018545 plays$1.89 earned
Published: January 30, 2018Updated: February 1, 2018

Meet the bird with probably the most unusual and unique call in the whole of Africa. The Black-Bellied Bustard, a large ground-dwelling bird found in woodland and open grassland areas of sub-Saharan Africa. These birds are uncommon local residents in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The most attractive and fascinating part about this whole bird is by far its unique and rather funny call. At first the male bird is busy shaking and preening his feathers. It's very important for this male to look at his best and in great condition. During the call, he displays with his tail held in an upright fanned position. He lifts his head high and then the call starts with a "quaaaark"... There is silence for 2 -3 seconds during which he pulls his neck back down. He then finishes the call with a funny "kwww ick" sound or otherwise referred to as a "cork popping" sound.

The male bird uses this unique sound to promote and advertise his presence in his territory so other males can stay away. At the same time, it also let's all the females in the area know that he is the man, and ready for action. This is a call that people will seldom only hear over the grassy plains of the Kruger Park, never mind seeing the bird in action while performing this unique call.

What a great experience to have this bird right in front of us, showing off in style.

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    DavidMcNab · 33 weeks ago

    Gorgeous bird.

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    einsteinparrot · 33 weeks ago

    Sounds like he's uncorking a bottle of wine! Party Bird!!!