Local Name (Spain): Sisón
The Little Bustard is a fairly rare species in Europe, and is declining - we were very lucky to see them at the time of year we did - they ordinarily are hidden among the long grasses and crops of the steppe habitat they inhabit. Though they are significantly smaller than the great bustard, they are still a decent sized bird - probably about on a scale with a pheasant, and are exceptionally well camouflaged - even without any ground cover these birds would have been very easy to miss.
Subspecies: None - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Widespread but scarce and local resident- MADRID 2015 TRIP: Pair on farmland North of Madrid
- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Two birds seen near Laguna del Longar
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List