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  Namaqua Sandgrouse

 

Pterocles namaqua

(344) 26 cm; 180 g

SEXES  M  F.

M  Plain head, long pointed tail and call diagnostic.

F  Separated from F Double-banded Sandgrouse by streaked (not barred) breast, and lacks chestnut belly of F Yellow-throated Sandgrouse.

JUV  More finely barred than F; belly reddish brown in M, mottled and barred in F.

STATUS  Common near-endemic; concern over decrease in numbers in recent years. Highly nomadic. Flies in search of water 1-2 hours after sunrise.

HABITAT  Arid and serni-arid shrublands and desert grassland.

FOOD  Mostly very small seeds.

CALL  Loud, nasal ki-ki-vee, usually as flight contact call.

BR  Monogamous. 2-3 eggs laid in shallow scrape; br peaks vary from region to region.

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Nossob

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nossob

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nossob

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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