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Latin name

 

Pterocles namaqua

Family

 

Ground birds

Size

 

Length 26 cm

Weight

 

175 g

Colour

 

Head and breast plain olive-yellow; double breastband of white and maroon; back and wings brownish witn pearly grey spots; belly dark brown. Female rich buff, barred and streaked with black.

Appearance

 

Other sandgrouse, but long central tail feathers distinctive; looks pigeonlike, but long tail feathers, long pointed wings and bold plumage markings diagnostic.

Habitat

 

Desert, semi-desert, Kalahari sandveld, Karoo, usually where stony and/or shrubby.