This genus is distinguished by having a ruff of black and white feathers descending along each side of the neck, and a small crest in the middle of the crown. The feathers of the fore neck are lengthened and overhang the breast. Sexes alike. Iu other characters Houbara resembles Otis. There are two closely allied species: one found around the Mediterranean, the other inhabiting a considerable tract in Western Asia and visiting North-western India in winter.
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
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