Order Pterocliformes

Family Pteroclidae

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  • Medium-sized terrestrial birds, superficially similar to partridges or pigeons, with short bill, small head, long wings, short legs and feathered tarsi; toes sometimes feathered.
  • Afrotropical, Palearctic and Oriental Regions
  • Open areas, generally in arid or semi-arid zones.
  • 24-40 cm.
  • 2 genera, 16 species, 38 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

de Juana, E. (2019). Sandgrouse (Pteroclidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52253 on 13 December 2019).