- Pterocles orientalis
- Grey head, neck and breast
- Black underparts
- Golden-brown upperparts with darker markings
- Thin black border to lower breast
- Chestnut throat patch
Female : Similar to the male but rather more brown. Upperparts, head and breast are more finely marked.
Iberia, northwest Africa, Canary Islands, Turkey, Cyprus and Israel, Kazakhstan, western China and northern Pakistan.
Pterocles orientalis has two subspecies:
- Fuerteventura Island, Iberian Peninsula and Morocco to western Iran
- Kazakstan to southern Iran, Afghanistan, and north-western China
- The male is yellower above and greyer below than P. o. orientalis and the female is whiter below.
Dry open plains.
Its nest is a ground scrape; 3 greenish eggs with cryptic markings are laid. Both sexes incubate, but only the male brings water.
The call is a soft chowrrr rrrr-rrrr.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
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