Little Bustard

Tetrax tetrax (Linnaeus, 1758) LITBS 4420
Family: Otidiformes > Otididae

Little Bustard, Simon Gillings

A rare visitor from Europe; most records are in late autumn or early winter but are considerably fewer now than a century ago, mirroring a decline in numbers across the Little Bustard's breeding range.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
255 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
255 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Little Bustard is a very rare vagrant recorded sporadically throughout the year.

Weekly occurence of Little Bustard from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Little Bustard, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Gaelic: Coileach-Frangach-beag
Welsh: Ceiliog Gwaun Bychan
Catalan: sisó comú
Czech: drop malý
Danish: Dværgtrappe
Dutch: Kleine Trap
Estonian: väiketrapp
Finnish: pikkutrappi
French: Outarde canepetière
German: Zwergtrappe
Hungarian: reznek
Icelandic: Dvergdoðra
Irish: Bustard Beag
Italian: Gallina prataiola
Latvian: maza siga
Lithuanian: strepetas
Norwegian: Dvergtrappe
Polish: strepet
Portuguese: sisão
Slovak: drop malý
Slovenian: mala droplja
Spanish: Sisón común
Swedish: småtrapp

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