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Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
Pterocles alchata

Map of the common names

Smaller (L 33 cm) than Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis), and easy to tell from latter by long tail extension and lack of black belly. In winter gathers in large flocks. The Pin-tailed Sandgrouse is a species of steppe country, requiring plains without trees or high bushes. It favours lowland plains which comprise a mosaic of arable and non-irrigated fields. The diet consists mainly of seeds. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Pin-tailed Sandgrouse is undergoing a widespread decline in both its popualtion size and distribution. This is due mainly to the destruction of dry grassland which has followed the agricultural intensification, particularly in the form of irrigation schemes, and hunting.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
5,500 / 12,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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