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  • n. Any of several species of birds in the family Pteroclididae.

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  • n. pigeon-like bird of arid regions of the Old World having long pointed wings and tail and precocial downy young


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From sand + grouse


  • Trans-desert migrants are attracted to the greenery of these sites, which are the only known breeding site in the Eastern Province for quail (Coturnix coturnix), spotted sandgrouse (Pterocles senegallus), and great grey shrike (Lanius excubitor).

    Persian Gulf desert and semi-desert

  • The pin-tailed sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata) is common on the adjacent plains and visits the river in large numbers to drink.

    Middle East steppe

  • In addition, over 150 species of birds have been recorded in some areas, including the houbara bustard (Chlamydotus undulataa), the coronated sandgrouse (Pterocles coronatus) and other notable species.

    Central Persian desert basins

  • Other characteristic avifauna are the houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulata), Lichensteins sandgrouse (Pterocles lichtensteinii), and chestnut-bellied sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus).

    Red Sea Nubo-Sindian tropical desert and semi-desert

  • Finally, there might be a hitherto overlooked metavian clade at the base of Neoaves: it includes such strange bedfellows as nightjars and other nightbirds, swifts and hummingbirds, kagus, pigeons, sandgrouse, flamingos and grebes, mesites, hoatzins and tropicbirds.

    Goodbye, my giant predatory, cursorial, flightless hoatzin

  • Different gruiforms were found to belong to both groups; mesites, kagus and sunbitterns were metavians close to owlet nightjars, grebes and sandgrouse; seriemas and bustards were coronavians without close relatives; while the gruiform core was part of a coronavian clade that included divers, cuckoos, turacos, tubenosed seabirds, storks, herons, penguins and pelicans.

    Goodbye, my giant predatory, cursorial, flightless hoatzin

  • Most usually considered close to either gamebirds or cuckoos (in fact, when first described in 1776 the hoatzin was classified as a species of Phasianus), hoatzins have also been allied over the years with turacos, rails, hornbills, sandgrouse and pigeons.

    Goodbye, my giant predatory, cursorial, flightless hoatzin

  • After flowing a few yards it ends in a shallow pool, surrounded by palms and paved with mud, which attracts flights of snipes, sandpipers, and sandgrouse.

    The Land of Midian

  • A pair of sandgrouse fell to her sling and were roasted on a spit; some pigeon eggs that would never hatch were lightly cracked and put directly in the fire in their shells.

    The Plains of Passage

  • Sandgrouse were big enough to make a decent meal, and so were those cooing turtledoves, she thought, looking around to see if she could spot the buxom birds that resembled the brown sandgrouse in general size and shape.

    The Plains of Passage


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