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Burchell's Sandgrouse

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Photo © by charelliBotswana, May 2018
Photo © by charelli
Botswana, May 2018
Pterocles burchelli

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[edit] Identification

25 cm (9¾ in); Males larger than females

  • Reddish overall plumage with many white spots
  • Pointed central rectrices on short tail

[edit] Distribution

Dry interior of southern Africa; Botswana, Namibia, south western Angola, western Zimbabwe and north-western South Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

FemalePhoto © by Juninho
Female
Photo © by Juninho

Kalahari sands (shrubby grassland and scrub) and dry savanna.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of seeds.

They drink in the mornings, up to 4 hours after sunrise.

[edit] Breeding

MalePhoto © by MybsKgalagadi National Park, South Africa, November 2006
Male
Photo © by Mybs
Kgalagadi National Park, South Africa, November 2006

They breed during the winter after the rains. The nest is a shallow scrape in short grass or amongst scrub.

[edit] Referebces

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)

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