Painted sandgrouse

Pterocles indicus

The painted sandgrouse is a medium large bird in the sandgrouse family found in India and Pakistan.
He of the Painted sandgrouse || Hampi || July 2018
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Appearance

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.
Painted Sandgrouse Staying Still to Avoid Detection Another marvelous Ranthambore sighting, this one and its mate froze instead of flushing allowing us not only a great view but also a great photo. Geotagged,India,Painted sandgrouse,Pterocles indicus,Rajasthan,Ranthambore National Park,Winter

Behavior

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.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPteroclidiformes
FamilyPteroclididae
GenusPterocles
SpeciesP. indicus
Photographed in
India