The Northern Black Korhaan is a species of open grassland, dry savanna and semi-arid scrub. They feed primarily on insects and other invertebrates as well as seeds. Adults can weigh up to a kilogram.
Male Northern Black Korhaans are fiercely protective of their territory and attempt to mate with as many females as possible, whom they attract by an elaborate courtship dance. Females incubate the clutch (1-3 eggs) for about three weeks and then raise the chicks on their own. They don’t construct a nest, instead laying their eggs directly on the ground among tufts of grass, often under small thorn bushes. Most chicks are raised in the spring and summer.
Northern Black Korhaan occur on South Africa’s central Highveld, principally the provinces of the Eastern and Northern Cape, Northwest, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng. Its range also extends into Botswana and Namibia. The IUCN considers the species of “least concern” as it has a stable population and appears to be common throughout its range.