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Saving the endangered houbara bustard

Abu Dhabi is at the forefront of the push to save the endangered houbara bustard. Mohammad Al Baidani, director general, International Fund for Houbara Conservation, talks to Shiva Kumar Thekkepat about the effort across two continents.

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A striking bird resembling a turkey in shape, the houbara bustard is at its most magnificent during the courtship display. It is a slender bird, with a tuft of hairs in the centre of the crown, and long plumes of feathers drooping over the neck, the uppermost feathers being black while the lower ones are white with black tips.