French: Ganga cata German: Spießflughuhn Spanish: Ganga ibérica
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. alchata
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Iberian Peninsula and SE France.
P. a. caudacutus
(S. G. Gmelin, 1774) – NW Africa (Morocco E to N Libya); SE Turkey and Middle East E through Iraq and Iran to Uzbekistan and S Kazakhstan; in winter S to C Arabia, Pakistan and NW India.
31–39 cm; male c. 250–408 g, female 207–370 g; wingspan, 54–65 cm. Long central rectrices; underwing and belly white; broad chestnut band on... read more
Gives relatively loud “catar-catar” in flight, as well as a nasal “ga-ga-ga... read more
Semi-arid and arid treeless plains, from semi-desert and steppe to dry mudflats near marshes and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly feeds on seeds, but to lesser extent also green shoots, leaves and flowers. Strongly selects Leguminosae, and also takes ... read more
Monogamous but long-term mate fidelity has not been established; throughout the year paired individuals can be observed within flocks,... read more
Sedentary and nomadic in Europe, N Africa and Middle East E to W Afghanistan; mostly migratory in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common or locally numerous in Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, N Iran and Turkestan, where concentrations of up to 10,000s have been reported... read more
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