Indian Bird – Sandgrouse:
Sandgrouse is the common name for Pteroclidae, a family of sixteen species of bird, members of the order Pterocliformes.
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. Wikipedia
Scientific Name: Pteroclidae
Family: Pteroclidae; Bonaparte, 1831
Mass: Pin-tailed sandgrouse: 280 g
Sandgrouse has small, pigeon-like heads and necks and sturdy compact bodies. They range in size from 24 to 40 centimeters (9.4 to 15.7 in) in length and from 150 to 500 grams (5.3 to 17.6 oz) in weight.
The adults are sexually dimorphic with the males being slightly larger and more brightly colored than the females.
They have eleven strong primary feathers and long pointed wings giving them a fast direct flight.
Sandgrouse has powerful muscles which help the bird in rapid take-off and sustained flight.
They are mostly found in the steppes of Central Asia. Their range extends from the Caspian Sea through southern Siberia, Tibet, and Mongolia to northern and central China.
They are normally resident, but Pallas’s sandgrouse can be locally migratory and very occasionally is irruptive, appearing in areas well outside its normal range.
When I first saw this bird it was a big surprise… They can camouflage and disappear. Finally, as I reached a little closer I saw one of them and managed to get a couple of shots.
And suddenly they realized y presence and 15-20 of them flew off. I didn’t expect there were so many of them 🙂
I am yet to get another opportunity to capture this beautiful bird’s video. Hope that day comes soon!!
Sandgrouse looks pretty much like the Dove bird and some features look like Kestrel.
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Capturing this bird was definitely a challenge because used my point & Shoot Camera.