Origin of bustardMiddle English from Old French bistarde ( from OIt bistarda) and ostarde, both from Classical Latin avis tarda, literally , slow bird, probably folk etymology for name of Iberian origin, originally
any of a family (Otididae) of large, heavy, long-legged gruiform birds of Europe, Asia, and Africa
Any of various large, long-legged Old World game birds of the family Otididae that nest on the ground and frequent dry grassy plains.
Origin of bustardMiddle English from blend of Old French bistarde Old French oustarde both from Latin avis tarda avis bird ; see awi- in Indo-European roots. tarda feminine of tardus slow
From Old French bistarde
- Still sailing northward, taking notes as he proceeded for a rough chart of the coast, and landing at Bustard and Keppel Bays and the Bay of Inlets, Cook passed over 1300 m.
- Among game birds are three varieties of bustard, guinea fowl, partridges, sand grouse and wild geese.
- The ostrich is found in the Marico and Limpopo districts, and more rarely elsewhere; the great kori bustard and the koorhaan are common.
- The great kori bustard, the koorhan, turkey buzzards (known as insingisi), wild duck, and paauw are among the game birds.
- Among game birds the bustard, guinea fowl, sand grouse (kata), blue rock, green pigeon, partridge, including a large chikor (akb) and a small species similar to the Punjab sisi; quail and several kinds of duck and snipe are met with.