French: Ganga de Lichtenstein German: Wellenflughuhn Spanish: Ganga de Lichtenstein
Other common names:
Close-barred Sandgrouse (arabicus)
Nubia, south Egypt–north Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
P. l. targius
Geyr von Schweppenburg, 1916 – Sahara and Sahel from S Morocco and Mauritania E to Chad.
P. l. lichtensteinii
Temminck, 1825 – S Israel, Jordan, Sinai, SE Egypt and Sudan S to Eritrea, N Ethiopia, N Somalia and Socotra I.
P. l. sukensis
Neumann, 1909 – SE South Sudan and S Ethiopia S to C Kenya.
P. l. ingramsi
Bates & Kinnear, 1937 – EC Yemen (Hadhramaut).
P. l. arabicus
Neumann, 1909 – S Arabia (except EC Yemen) E to S Iran and S Pakistan (Baluchistan, Sind).
22–26 cm; male c. 175–250 g, female c. 190–230 g; wingspan 48–52 cm. As P. quadricinctus, P. bicinctus and P. indicus,... read more
Rarely vocalizes during day. Gives repeated, liquid “wheet-wheet-wheet” or “quitoo” in flight,... read more
Deserts, semi-deserts and arid bushveld in rocky and scrubby areas, as wooded dry wadis and bare... read more
Food and feeding
Predominantly seeds, perhaps mostly of Acacia (Leguminosae), e.g. perhaps exclusively on A. ehrenbergiana during breeding... read more
Eggs, Feb–Sept, mostly May–Jul, but once Jan in Ethiopia; in Morocco, mainly nests mid-Mar to mid-Jun, sometimes with second... read more
Sedentary, perhaps nomadic in places, e.g. in Morocco, where sometimes reported from Saharan... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Usually in pairs or small parties of up to c. 30 birds, although flocks of up to 300 observed in Oman and 200 in Ethiopia. Sparsely distributed, but... read more
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