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A photo of a Burchell's Sandgrouse (Pterocles burchelli), male
Burchell's Sandgrouse, Male

Burchell's Sandgrouse

Pterocles burchelli

Burchell's sandgrouse (Pterocles burchelli) is a species of bird in the family Pteroclidae. It is found in arid and semi-arid regions of southern Africa. The name of this bird commemorates the English naturalist William John Burchell. Burchell's sandgrouse is a plump bird about the size of a pigeon with a small head and short legs. The body is light brown, mottled with darker shades and white speckles. In males, the eye is surrounded by bare yellow skin and the cheeks and throat are pale grey. The male grows to about 25 cm long and the female is a little smaller.
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