Pterocles is a genus of near passerine birds in the sandgrouse family. It includes all the species in the family except for two central Asian species in Syrrhaptes

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Spotted Sandgrouse
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pterocliformes
Family: Pteroclidae
Genus: Pterocles
Temminck, 1815

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These sandgrouse have small, pigeon-like heads and necks, but sturdy compact bodies. They have long pointed wings and sometimes tails. Their legs are feathered down to the toes, but unlike Syrrhaptes the toes are not feathered.

Pterocles sandgrouse have a fast direct flight, and flocks fly to watering holes at dawn and dusk.

Two to three eggs are laid directly on the ground. They are buff or greenish with cryptic markings. All species are resident.

Species in taxonomic orderEdit

Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
  Pin-tailed sandgrouse Pterocles alchata North Africa and the Middle East, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Kazakhstan, Spain, Portugal
  Namaqua sandgrouse Pterocles namaqua Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa
  Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse Pterocles exustus central and northern Africa, and southern Asia
  Spotted sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Mali, Mauritania, Chad and Niger
  Black-bellied sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis Iberia, northwest Africa, the Canary Islands, Turkey, Iran, Cyprus and Israel
  Crowned sandgrouse Pterocles coronatus North Africa and the Middle East.
  Yellow-throated sandgrouse Pterocles gutturalis Angola, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  Burchell's sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Madagascan sandgrouse Pterocles personatus Madagascar
  Black-faced sandgrouse Pterocles decoratus Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.
  Lichtenstein's sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
  Double-banded sandgrouse Pterocles bicinctus southern Africa.
  Painted sandgrouse Pterocles indicus Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.
  Four-banded sandgrouse Pterocles quadricinctus Africa from Mauritania and Cameroon east to Sudan and Uganda

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