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bus·tard

 (bŭs′tərd)
n.
Any of various large, long-legged Old World game birds of the family Otididae that nest on the ground and frequent dry grassy plains.

[Middle English, from blend of Old French bistarde and Old French oustarde, both from Latin avis tarda : avis, bird; see awi- in Indo-European roots + tarda, feminine of tardus, slow.]

bustard

(ˈbʌstəd)
n
(Animals) any terrestrial bird of the family Otididae, inhabiting open regions of the Old World: order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc). They have long strong legs, a heavy body, a long neck, and speckled plumage
[C15: from Old French bistarde, influenced by Old French oustarde, both from Latin avis tarda slow bird]

bus•tard

(ˈbʌs tərd)

n.
any of various chiefly terrestrial birds of the family Otididae, of the Old World and Australia.
[1425–75; late Middle English, appar. b. Middle French bistarde and oustarde, both < Latin avis tarda literally, slow bird]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bustard - large heavy-bodied chiefly terrestrial game bird capable of powerful swift flightbustard - large heavy-bodied chiefly terrestrial game bird capable of powerful swift flight; classified with wading birds but frequents grassy steppes
wader, wading bird - any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
great bustard, Otis tarda - largest European land bird
Choriotis australis, plain turkey - popular Australian game bird
Translations

bustard

[ˈbʌstəd] Navutarda f

bustard

nTrappe f
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There were sparrow hawks, with white breasts, and kestrels, and down the slopes scampered, with their long legs, several fine fat bustards.
Then I saw that the birds were a flock of /pauw/ or bustards, and that they would pass within fifty yards of my head.
Once a white-necked sea eagle soared screaming high over the traveller's head, and again a flock of brown bustards popped up from among the bracken, and blundered away in their clumsy fashion, half running, half flying, with strident cry and whirr of wings.
We may imagine that the early progenitor of the ostrich had habits like those of a bustard, and that as natural selection increased in successive generations the size and weight of its body, its legs were used more, and its wings less, until they became incapable of flight.
MY15 suggests it may have been involved in the respiratory symptoms of this bird, and perhaps other respiratory infections in houbara bustards.
To date, this programme has succeeded in establishing a population of some 15 great bustards.
Birds including Ludwig's and Denham's Bustards are being slaughtered in large numbers, with an estimated 10,000 dying from collisions every year.
These lovely and shy houbara bustards migrate from the Kizil Kum desert of Central Asia and arrive in Tharparkar by the mid of November.
The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) transferred 5,270 Asian Houbara bustards from Morocco to Abu Dhabi in a major conservation operation.
The bustards are a long way from being reestablished, but it's a significant milestone for the team.
I WAS slightly amused, but also a bit irritated, when watching an otherwise worthy and serious nature programme on television on the evening of Tuesday, June 2, to learn that the somewhat exotic species of bird known as bustards as being reintroduced into Britain.
GREAT bustards, the world's heaviest flying bird, have been sighted in Dorset for the first time in more than 170 years.