Crowned sandgrouse

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Crowned sandgrouse
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pteroclidiformes
Family: Pteroclididae
Genus: Pterocles
Species: P. coronatus
Binomial name
Pterocles coronatus
Lichtenstein, 1823
Pterocles coronatus repartition.svg
World distribution

The crowned sandgrouse (Pterocles coronatus) is a species of bird in the Pteroclididae family. It is found in Afghanistan, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, and Yemen.

Length: 27–30 cm, body mass: 250–300 g. It forages on the ground on sprouts and seeds. Breeding takes place between April and August. Eggs in number of 2–3 are laid on the ground. Incubation period is unknown, but males are known to incubate during night.[2]

Crowned sandgrouse


There are five subspecies:[3]

  • P. c. coronatus - Sahara, Morocco to Red Sea
  • P. c. vastitas - Sinai, Israel and Jordan
  • P. c. saturatus - Oman
  • P. c. atratus - Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan
  • P. c. ladas - Pakistan


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pterocles coronatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ David Burni, Ben Hoare, Joseph DiCostanzo, Phil Benstead (2009). Ptaki. Encyklopedia (in Polish). Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN. p. 243. ISBN 978-83-01-15733-3. 
  3. ^ "Crowned Sandgrouse (Pterocles coronatus)". The Internet Bird Collection. Retrieved 2012-06-02.