Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps


Anon. 2008. Bustard sanctuaries up for grabs. Sanctuary Asia 28(6): 8.

Anon. 2009. Recovery programme for the Great Indian Bustard. Buceros 14(2): 4.

Anon. 2011a. Report of the Task Force on Grasslands and Deserts, Planning commission. Government of India.

Anon. 2011b. Report on Rationalisation of Desert National Park Sanctuary. Government of Rajasthan.

Anon. 2013a. GIB poachers arrested in Sriganganagar. Protected Area Update 19(4): 17-18.

Anon. 2013b. Rajasthan launches 'Project GIB'. Protected Area Update 19(4): 17.

Anon. 2013c. Great Indian Bustard Survey in Cholistan. 6-12 September 2013. Houbara Foundation International Pakistan, WWF-Pakistan, Punjab Wildlife Department.

Anon. 2014a. Great Indian Bustard - Ardeotis nigriceps. RSPB Concise Species Action Plan (International). Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Anon. 2014b. Great Indian Bustard surveys in Maharashtra. Hornbill April-June: 48.

Anon. 2014c. Neutering dogs to help bustards breed in peace. Buceros - ENVIS Newsletter 19(1): 5.

Anon. 2014d. Great Indian Bustard - Preventing Extinctions Programme Progress Report. Bombay Natural History Society.

Anon. 2015. Great Indian Bustard - Preventing Extinctions Programme Progress Report. Bombay Natural History Society.

Anon. 2016. Whitley Fund for Nature Final Report Community supported conservation of Critically Endangered Great Indian Bustard in Thar Desert, India: A landscape level approach.

BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Collar, N. and Kirwan, G.M. 2015. Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. and de Juana, E. (eds), Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive, Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Collar, N.; Patil, P.; Bharadwaj, G. S. 2015. What can save Great Indian Bustard? BirdingASIA 23: 15-24.

Collar, N.J.; Butchart, S.H.M. 2013. Conservation breeding and avian diversity: chances and challenges. International Zoo Yearbook 48(1): 7-28.

Dolman, P.M., Collar, N.J., Scotland, K.M. and Burnside, R.J. 2015. Ark or park: the need to predict relative effectiveness of ex situ and in situ conservation before attempting captive breeding. Journal of Applied Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12449.

Dutta, S. In prep. Ecology of the Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) in Kachchh, Gujarat with reference to resource selection in an agro-pastoral landscape. PhD thesis. Forest Research University.

Dutta, S., Bhardwaj, G.S., Bhardwaj, D.K. and Jhala, Y.V. 2014. Status of Great Indian Bustard and Associated Wildlife in Thar. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and Rajasthan Forest Department, Jaipur.

Dutta, S.; Rahmani, A.; Gautam, P.; Kasambe, R.; Narwade, S.; Narayan, G.; Jhala. Y. 2013. Guidelines for state action plan for resident bustards’ recovery programme. The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, New Delhi.

Gadhavi, D. 2014. Important Bird Areas Update - Great Indian Bustard electrocuted near the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary. Protected Area Update XX(6): 17.

Kasambe, R.; Pimplapure, A.; Thosar, G.; Shaad, M. S. R. 2006. Sighting records of Great Indian Bustards (Ardeotis nigriceps) in Vidarbha. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 46(6): 88-89.

Kumara, H. N.; Mohan Raj, V. V. 2007. 11. The Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps: are they disappearing in Karnataka? Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 104(2): 211-212.

Mathew, R. M. 2007. The plight of Rollapadu Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Andra Pradesh. Indian Birds 3(4): 153-154.

Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. 2003. Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Act 2002 .

Patil, P. 2011. Joint meeting to discuss conservation of Great Indian Bustard sanctuary. Protected Area Update 17(3): 13.

Rahmani, A. 1998. Great Indian Bustard Conservation Education Project. Centre of Wildlife & Ornithology and Bombay Natural History Society.

Rahmani, A. 2012. Recovery plan for GIB and Lesser Florican. Protected Area Update XVIII(1): 22-23.

Rahmani, A. R. 2006. Need to start Project Bustards.

Sanctuary Asia. 2016. Dr. G.I.B. Takes Conservation to the Kids. Available at:

Sridhar, S. 2005. Bustards are wearing thin in Ghatigaon Sanctuary. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 45(1): 4.

Times of India. 2012. Great Indian Bustard on the verge of extinction. TNN.

Upadhyay, A.K.; Singh, R.; Grewal, B.; Bhandari, R. S.; Bhardwaj , G. S. 2015. Conservation of Great Indian Bustard and rationalization of Desert National Park. Report of Sub-committee. Rajasthan Forest Department.

Varghese, A. O.; Sawarkar, V. B.; Rao, Y. L. P.; Joshi, A. K. 2016. Habitat suitability assessment of Ardeotis nigriceps (Vigors) in Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Maharashtra (India) using remote sensing and GIS. J. Indian Soc. Remote Sens. 44(1): 49-57.

Further resources

IUCN SSC Bustard Specialist Group

Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

Search for photos and videos, and hear sounds of this species from the Macaulay Library

Media resources

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Ardeotis nigriceps. Downloaded from on 05/12/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 05/12/2022.