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Great Bustard

Otis tarda

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Great Bustards in Poland

The Great Bustard is the heaviest flying bird in the world. Its habitat is open grassland, although it can be found on undisturbed cultivation. It has a stately slow walk, and tends to run when disturbed rather than fly. It is gregarious, especially in winter. This species is omnivorous, taking seeds, insects and other small creatures, including frogs and beetles. Great Bustards typically live for around 10 years, but some have been known to live up to 15 years or more. Unfortunately very few if any Great Bustards survive in Poland. There have been unconfirmed sightings in recent years. But the last officially recorded Great Bustard died in 1989.

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See also: Bird Photographs from Poland

White Stork   Great Bustard   Black Stork

Birds often seen by visitors to this part of Poland include: white stork, black stork, green woodpecker, black woodpecker, corncrake, white tailed eagle, honey buzzard, egret, cormorant, bittern, heron, shag, gannet, storm petrel, black kite, red kite, fish eagle, osprey, golden eagle, Goshawk, hen harrier, sparrowhawk, eagle owl, little owl, and woodcock. Full bird list for Poland.

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