Pteroclidae – Sandgrouse

Painted Sandgrouse (Pterocles indicus) by Nikhil Devasar

Painted Sandgrouse (Pterocles indicus) by Nikhil Devasar

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. (Psalms 139:17-18 ESV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – Pterocliformes, Family – Pteroclidae – Sandgrouse


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Species (16)

Syrrhaptes
Tibetan Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes tibetanus)
Pallas’s Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus)
Pterocles
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata)
Namaqua Sandgrouse (Pterocles namaqua)
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus)
Spotted Sandgrouse (Pterocles senegallus)
Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis)
Yellow-throated Sandgrouse (Pterocles gutturalis)
Crowned Sandgrouse (Pterocles coronatus)
Black-faced Sandgrouse (Pterocles decoratus)
Madagascan Sandgrouse (Pterocles personatus)
Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse (Pterocles lichtensteinii)
Painted Sandgrouse (Pterocles indicus)
Four-banded Sandgrouse (Pterocles quadricinctus)
Double-banded Sandgrouse (Pterocles bicinctus)
Burchell’s Sandgrouse (Pterocles burchelli)

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Sandgrouse is the common name for Pteroclididae, a family of sixteen species of bird, members of the order Pteroclidiformes. They are traditionally placed in two genera. The two central Asian species are classified as Syrrhaptes and the other fourteen species, from Africa and Asia, are placed in the genus Pterocles. They are ground dwelling birds restricted to treeless, open country, such as plains, savannahs and semi-deserts. They are distributed across northern, southern and eastern Africa, Madagascar, the Middle East and India through to central Asia. The ranges of the Black-bellied Sandgrouse and the Pin-tailed Sandgrouse extend into the Iberian Peninsula and France, and Pallas’s Sandgrouse occasionally breaks out in large numbers from its normal range in Asia. (Wikipedia with editing)

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