Southern African Birds

 

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  Double-banded Sandgrouse

 

Pteracles bicinctus

(347) 25 cm; 230 g

M  Black and white forehead band and narrow black and white breast band distinctive.

F  Barred (not streaked) upper breast separates it from other females in region.

JUV  Similar to F, upperparts more pinkish fawn.

STATUS  Scarce to locally common near-endemic. Some local movements; in pairs or small groups; drinks at dusk.

HABITAT  Savanna woodland with preference for Mopane.

FOOD  Seeds.

CALL  Soft, quick weep-weeu, chuk-chukki weep-weeu. Mostly silent in flight.

BR  Monogamous. 2-3 eggs laid in shallow scrape.

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Sdb001

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sdb002

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon 6000mm f/4L

 

 

Sdb003

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon 6000mm f/4L

 

 

Sdb004

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon 6000mm f/4L

 

 

Sdb005

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon 6000mm f/4L

 

 

Sdb006

Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sdb007

Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Sdb008

Kunene River, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sdb009

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sdb010

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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