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Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Pterocles orientalis

Map of the common names

Medium-sized bird (L 33 cm), sand coloured and tied to steppes. Seen chiefly in mornings when flying to lakes or smaller pools to drink.The Black-bellied Sandgrouse favours dry shrub-steppes which incorporate non-irrigated cultivated areas, mostly cereal. The diet usually consists of seeds. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Both the population size and the range of the Black-bellied Sandgrouse are clearly declining, maily due to changes in agricultural practices and the loss of steppelands. Agricultural intensification frequently involves the abandonment of non-irrigated cultivated land, ploughing up of fallow land and replacing with coniferous. Hunting may be a problem.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
27,000 / 52,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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