French: Ganga de Burchell German: Fleckenflughuhn Spanish: Ganga goteada
Other common names:
Pterocles (Eremialector) burchelli
W. L. Sclater
near Griquatown, Griqualand West, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. makarikari
(Roberts, 1932) – SE Angola, SW Zambia and NW Zimbabwe S to Namibia and N & W Botswana.
P. b. burchelli
W. L. Sclater, 1922 – SE Botswana and N South Africa (N Northern Cape, N North West Province, NW Limpopo).
25 cm; male c. 180–200 g, female c. 160–185 g. Small, relatively long-legged; short although pointed central rectrices; reddish general colour, with diagnostic... read more
Flight call a fairly high-pitched, mellow, double-noted “chow-wheep”, the second note upslurred.... read more
Mostly in open, semi-arid short-grass plains; also open acaciaveld; less desertic habitat than... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds; in Kalahari most important Lophiocarpus burchelli (Chenopodiaceae). Drinks in the morning, 2 to 4 hours after sunrise. read more
Lays Apr–Oct, after rains, during winter dry season. Nest, shallow scrape on ground, often in short grass or among stunted scrub,... read more
Sedentary and nomadic.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally regarded as common; widespread and fairly common in Botswana; fairly common at some localities in W Transvaal. Usually seen single or in... read more
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