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Little Bustard - Tetrax tetrax

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The Little Bustard is rare in the Algarve where tiny populations persist at Sagres and around Castro Marim. The species is suffering a decline throughout its range for reasons not fully understood.

Little Bustard 1

Male in breeding plumage

Little Bustard 2

Male performing 'leaping' display

 

Little Bustard 3

Male ruffling neck feathers in display

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