Painted sandgrouse

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Painted sandgrouse
Painted sandgrouse male Pterocles indicus.jpg
Adult
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pteroclidiformes
Family: Pteroclididae
Genus: Pterocles
Species: P. indicus
Binomial name
Pterocles indicus
(Gmelin, 1789)

The painted sandgrouse (Pterocles Indicus) is a medium large bird in the sandgrouse family found in India and Pakistan. It is known there as ganga indien.

Description[edit]

Chick

The painted sandgrouse is a plump ground-dwelling bird with a small head and short legs. The sexes are differently coloured. In the male, the bill is orange and there is a black bar across the white forehead, fine black longitudinal lines on the nape and a white patch of bare skin surrounding the eye. There is a broad black and white band around the chest. The breast and belly are a uniform pinkish-brown colour and the back, wings and tail are brown, boldly marked in black and white transverse bars. The female is duller in appearance being a greyish brown colour, barred and speckled with darker brown and white.[2]

Behaviour[edit]

The painted sandgrouse is found in dry regions in rough grassland, rocky areas and scrub and feeds mainly on seeds. It is gregarious and groups congregate at waterholes to drink.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pterocles indicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Painted Sandgrouse BirdForum. Retrieved 2012-06-08.