Egg production in a captive population of houbara bustards Chlamydotis undulate macqueenii in Saudi Arabia

  • Published source details van Heezik Y., Jalme M.S., Hemon S. & Sedddon P. (2002) Temperature and egg-laying experience influence breeding performance of captive female houbara bustards. Journal of Avian Biology (formerly Ornis Scandinavica 1970-1993), 33, 63-70


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Use captive breeding to increase or maintain populations of bustards

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Bird Conservation
  1. Use captive breeding to increase or maintain populations of bustards

    A review (van Heezik et al. 2002) of the same project found that the number of eggs laid by females ranged from approximately two (for five-year-old first-time breeders) to 8.5 (for four-year-old females that had bred before). The number of eggs laid increased with breeding experience and, although no comparisons were made to productivity in wild bustards in this study, other studies suggest that wild females normally lay between one and four eggs.


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