Where they live: Central, east and southern Africa.
Habitat: Mixture of wetlands and open grasslands, also often found in agricultural land.
Diet: Seeds, grass heads, insects and other small animals such as frogs and lizards.
Threats: Loss of habitat, particularly wetland areas, which are being drained for agricultural use. Collisions with overhead power lines as Africa’s electrical systems develop and power lines increase across much of the continent. Conflict with farmers. Widespread trapping for the private bird trade.
Scientific name: Balearica pavonina pavonina