Bustard, a family of game birds. There are 22 species. The bustard looks something like a turkey, but is actually more closely related to the rail and the crane. The male of the great bustard of Europe weighs about 30 pounds (14 kg) and is almost four feet (1.2 m) long. It is the largest European land bird.
Bustards live on dry inland plains and are found in Australia, Europe, Asia, and Africa. They feed on plants and insects. Shy birds with keen eyesight, they run away immediately at any sign of danger. Bustards are considered to be chiefly land birds, with feet and legs well developed for running. However, they are good fliers. Many species are in danger of extinction, primarily because their large size makes them easy prey for hunters. They are protected by law in many areas.
Bustards make up the family Otidae. The great bustard is Otis tarda.Bustards are the largest European land birds, weighing up to thirty pounds.