The houbara bustard is a rare shy bird adapted to arid conditions with little vegetation and found in stony and sandy desert and semi-desert regions. Typically North Africa , Egypt , Canary islands etc.
The species has a fascinating flamboyant courtship display described as a ‘Turkey riding a bicycle’! As the male struts around in full display, white feathers on the head and around the throat emphasize the magnificence of his hidden plumage. The entire exercise is conducted to impress the female of the species.
This is an adult male houbara bustard among wildflowers in the Canary Islands. Picture posted by blogger friend Sangeeta Khanna.....
Just got me wondering .......:-)
North African Houbara Fashion Week;
He flares his
brilliant white plumage
to flash it around,
through the wild flowers.
from the side
of his eyes,
to see her eyeing
at the next chap,
Folies Bergere plumage.
do the Lady Hubaras
think they are ?
and winking at us?
Canary Island Slutwalk anyone ?