Family Sandgrouse (Pteroclidae)

Least Concern

Madagascar Sandgrouse (Pterocles personatus)


Taxonomy

French: Ganga masqué German: Madagaskarflughuhn Spanish: Ganga malgache
Taxonomy:

Pterocles personatus

Gould

, 1843,

Majambo Bay, Madagascar

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Recent study#R suggests that this species is part of a clade that contains also P. gutturalis and P. coronatus; or, alternatively, that all three may form a group along with the two Syrrhaptes species, P. orientalis, P. namaqua and P. exustus, and possibly including also P. alchata and P. burchelli; further study needed. Has previously been considered closest to P. decoratus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

N, W & S Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

c. 35 cm. Somewhat similar to P. coronatus and P. decoratus, with short central rectrices and black mask in male, but underparts with clear separation:... read more

Voice

Gives a rapid, guttural “catch-catcha-catcha”, “ag-ag-ag-ag-ag-ag-ag” or... read more

Habitat

Savanna and open wooded plains in lowlands from sea-level to 1200 m; prefers level, sparsely... read more

Food and feeding

No precise information available, but seeds probably important, although insects also reported in species' diet. Apparently prefers to... read more

Breeding

Season probably extends through late dry and early wet season (Aug–Nov) and again in early dry season (Apr–Jun): nests with... read more

Movements

No information; perhaps sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Reported to be widespread and rather common in W Madagascar; also common in S, but only patchy in N. Reguarly recorded around Toliara, S of Antsalova... read more

Recommended citation

de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Madagascar Sandgrouse (Pterocles personatus). 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/54091 on 20 June 2018).