French: Ganga couronné German: Kronenflughuhn Spanish: Ganga coronada
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Nubia, south Egypt–north Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. coronatus
M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823 – Sahara Desert from S Morocco and Western Sahara E to NC Sudan and Red Sea.
P. c. vastitas
R. Meinertzhagen, 1928 – Sinai (NE Egypt) and neighbouring areas of Israel and Jordan.
P. c. saturatus
Kinnear, 1927 – hilly country of interior Oman.
P. c. atratus
E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 – S Arabia (except interior Oman) and S Iran E to SW Afghanistan and SW Pakistan (Baluchistan).
P. c. ladas
Koelz, 1954 – S Pakistan (Sind).
27–30 cm; 240–300 g; wingspan 52–63 cm. Short, but pointed central rectrices; lacks bands or patches on undersides; in flight, dark remiges contrast with... read more
Gives soft "kla kla kla" or staccato but far-carrying "cha-chagarra", with a... read more
Desert and semi-desert, including the very hottest and driest areas; prefers stony over sandy... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on seeds, often small and hard ones; also takes shoots. In Sudan, favours Tephrosia apollinea (Leguminosae); in S... read more
Season mainly Apr–Jul in NW Africa (though unfledged young seen as late as end of Sept in Morocco), from Mar in Chad and Oman, and... read more
Sedentary and nomadic. In NE Morocco formerly occurred only in Oct–Mar, but small numbers... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Arabian population recently estimated at c. 6000 pairs. Widespread and fairly common as a rule: frequent in Algeria, where is commonest sandgrouse in... read more
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