Northern Black Korhaan

Northern Black Korhaan


This bird is one of the characters of semi-arid grasslands. In flight the white primary “windows” are diagnostic. It is a conspicuous bird, with a plain black neck, bright yellow legs and red base to the bill being key features. It is common and widespread, mostly sedentary and usually solitary.


The call is a raucous kraak kraak from the ground. It has faster notes in display flight.

Behaviour and habitat

It lives in arid and semi-arid savanna and grassland and also old agricultural lands. Its eating habits are omnivorous, preferring insects and small reptiles, also seeds. It is polygenous and its eggs are laid on bare ground.