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Sandgrouse

Sandgrouse
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pteroclidiformes
Family: Pteroclididae
Genera: Pterocles,
Syrrhaptes

The Sandgrouse are a group of 16 near passerine bird species in the order Pteroclidiformes. They are restricted to treeless open country in the Old World, such as plains and semi-deserts.

Sandgrouse have small, pigeon like heads and necks, but sturdy compact bodies. They have long pointed wings and sometimes tails and a fast direct flight. Flocks fly to watering holes at dawn and dusk

Legs are feathered down to the toes, and genus Syrrhaptes has the legs feathered as well.

Two to three eggs are laid directly on the ground. They are buff or greenish with cryptic markings. Most species are resident, but Pallasí Sandgrouse is eruptive.

Genus Syrrhaptes

  • Tibetan Sandgrouse S. Tibetanus
  • Pallasí Sandgrouse S. paradoxus

Genus Pterocles

  • Pin-tailed sandgrouse P. alchata
  • Namaqua sandgrouse P. namaqua
  • Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse P. exustus
  • Spotted sandgrouse P. senegallus
  • Black-bellied sandgrouse P. orientalis
  • Crowned sandgrouse P. coronatus
  • Yellow-throated sandgrouse P. gutturalis
  • Burchell's sandgrouse P. burchelli
  • Masked sandgrouse P. personatus
  • Black-faced sandgrouse P. decoratus
  • Lichtensteinís sandgrouse P. lichtensteinii
  • Double-banded sandgrouse P. bicinctus
  • Painted sandgrouse P. indicus
  • Four-banded sandgrouse P. quadricinctus



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