French: Ganga bibande German: Nachtflughuhn Spanish: Ganga bicinta
Great Fish River, south-eastern Namibia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. ansorgei
(Benson, 1947) – SW Angola.
P. b. usheri
(Benson, 1947) – S & E Zambia, S Malawi, W & C Mozambique and N Zimbabwe.
P. b. bicinctus
Temminck, 1815 – Namibia, Botswana and NW South Africa (N Northern Cape Province).
P. b. multicolor
E. J. O. Hartert, 1908 – E Botswana and N & NE South Africa (S to E Northern Cape and Mpumalanga).
25 cm; male c. 215–250 g, female c. 210–280 g. Among the small sandgrouse species of rounded tail and black and white design on forehead of males (subgenus... read more
Primary call a complex phrase of mellow over-slurred notes, “pup…pup…kwe-kwee-ko-kwe-kwe-kweh-whew... read more
Wide range of habitats, from sub-deserts to thick Brachystegia woodland; perhaps mostly... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds. Mostly inactive by day, usually feeds during early morning and late afternoon, and drinks at night.
Breeds in winter dry season, Apr–Oct throughout range, mainly May and Oct in Namibia, May–Aug in Botswana, Jul–Aug in... read more
Reputed as sedentary. However, at Borakalalo NP, North West province, South Africa, mainly present... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common to common throughout range. In C Transvaal bushveld formerly quite common but now only rare vagrant. During breeding... read more
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