You are here:Our endangered animals
Endangered animals list
Great Bustard

Our endangered animals

Our endangered animals TOP PAGE

  • What's an endangered animal?
  • Endangered animals list
  • Let's study with comics! Why are animals in trouble?
  • What we can all do
  • Tell us what you think

Endangered animals list

Our endangered animals TOP PAGE
What's an endangered animal?
Endangered animals list
  • Search for animals by where they live
    • Animals in Japan
    • Animals in Asia
    • Animals in North America
    • Animals in South America
    • Animals in Europe
    • Animals in Africa
    • Animals in Oceania
  • Search for animals that live on land, fly in the sky, or live near or in the wate
    • Land animals
    • Flying animals
    • Swimming animals
  • Search by cause of endangerment
    • Animals that have had their homes destroyed
    • Animals that have been caught by humans
    • Animals that have lost the fight against other animals
  • Search in alphabetical order
  • Search for animals by name

    Here you can search for an animal by the first letter of its name.

  • Watch a video of the animal
  • List of animals
Let's study with comics! Why are animals in trouble?
What we can all do
Tell us what you think
To teachers and guardians
  • English name
    Great Bustard
  • ClassificationGruiformes, Otididae
  • Scientific nameOtis tarda

Great Bustard
Click the image to expand

The Great Bustard is a bird that lives throughout Europe and Asia. It is endangered due to agricultural development and hunting.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: Male 100cm / Female 80cm

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

The Great Bustard lives mainly in the grasslands all across Europe and Asia. Depending on where they live, Bustards may either migrate south in the winter, or live the whole year in the same location.

What they eat

The Great Bustard is omnivorous, meaning it eats various things, from insects like grasshoppers, to plants such as tree leaves and flowers.

What they are like

The male is famous for making a display of itself to attract female bustards. In this unique display, the male's enlarged throat and fanned wings almost make it look like a different bird

Find out more about the Great Bustard!

Prey for hunting...
The Great Bustard is a bird that lives in spacious grasslands and eats insects and plants. Humans have created farmland by cutting down forests, resulting in an environment similar to the bustard's original habitat. Many people believe that by making effective use of farmland, bustards have expanded their habitat. And yet, the Great Bustard is now an endangered species. One reason for this is poaching. Because of their large bodies, bustards have always been considered hunting game. But there is an even bigger threat to their existence. That threat is agricultural development.

The Great Bustard is suffering from modern agriculture?!
Modern farmlands are fenced-off areas where agricultural chemicals and pesticides are used to get rid of insects and grass, thus depriving the Great Bustard of its food. On top of that, natural grasslands, their original habitats, are being converted into modern farmland, which has led to a sharp drop in their numbers. In spite of their plight, there is good news for the Great Bustard. Initiatives in Europe are underway to develop an agricultural style that allows the bustard to coexist with humans.


Tell us what you think

Let us know what you think of the website. You can also tell us if there is anything you would like to see more of or learn more about.

  • Click if you are 12 or younger
  • Click if you are 13 or older (including teachers, parents, and caregivers)

See other animals related to this one.

If you click the words above, you can see other animals related to this one.

See animals that live in the same region.

See animals that are endangered for the same reason.

Watch a video of the animal


Read the comic!

  • Part4 "Deforestation - building roads destroys animals"
  • Part7 "Protect endangered animals from poaching!"

Let's think about what everyone can do to help!

There are things that we can do in our everyday lives to help. Let's look at some tips to helpsave our animal friends! See More

Back to Top