The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern Black Korhaan

Afrikaans name: Swartkorhaan

Southern Black Korhaan

Southern Black Korhaan

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Eupodotis afra

The Southern Black Korhaan is found in grasslands, arid scrub and other similar habitats. It is quite common in suitable habitat ad can often be heard if not seen.

They are about 30 cm in length and weigh around 700 grams. Females are slightly smaller than males. The female does not have black on her neck and head. She only has it on her belly. It is most often males that are seen as females are very secretive.

The Southern Black Korhaan may be found singly or in pairs but, even if they are a pair, the male tends to be the one that is seen.

Their food consists predominantly of plants but they do also eat insects.

Most often they breed during October to December. Their nest is just a simple scrape on the ground. Normally only one egg is laid.

References and further reading

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 113

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 93

Wild Issue 36 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 66

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 47

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 57

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 156

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 156

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 132

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 3

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 210

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 213

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 157

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 151

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 118

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 45

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 132

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 410

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 147

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 114

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 145

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 31

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 86

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 26

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 74

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 156

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 156

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 105

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