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sandgrouse

also sand grouse  (sănd′grous′)
n.
Any of various ground-feeding birds of the family Pteroclididae, of arid and semiarid regions of Eurasia and Africa.

sandgrouse

(ˈsændˌɡraʊs)
n
(Animals) any bird of the family Pteroclididae, of dry regions of the Old World, having very short feet, a short bill, and long pointed wings and tail: order Columbiformes
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Noun1.sandgrouse - pigeon-like bird of arid regions of the Old World having long pointed wings and tail and precocial downy youngsandgrouse - pigeon-like bird of arid regions of the Old World having long pointed wings and tail and precocial downy young
columbiform bird - a cosmopolitan order of land birds having small heads and short legs with four unwebbed toes
painted sandgrouse, Pterocles indicus - sandgrouse of India
pin-tailed grouse, pin-tailed sandgrouse, Pterocles alchata - sandgrouse of Europe and Africa having elongated middle tail feathers
pallas's sandgrouse, Syrrhaptes paradoxus - Eurasiatic sandgrouse with a black patch on the belly
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A flock of yellow-throated sandgrouse glides above wispy fronds of thatching grass, while hyrax scurry into the cracks of granite kopjes, escaping the now searing midday sun.
The Red Fox and Arabian Lynx live in the sanctuary, which is a safe haven for many migratory and endemic birds, like Hoopoe, Indian Roller, Pipit, Merops, Egyptian Eagle, and See-see Partridge, owls, Crowned Sandgrouse, Wild Pigeons, Falcon, Curlew, and Seagull.
In addition to raptors, the ground-running residential sandgrouse occurs in both Middle and Upper phases (NISP = 9), with one Middle phase specimen identified as Pallas' sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus).
A hungry leopard leaps up from behind a rock and plucks an unlucky sandgrouse out of the air before wolfing it down in one.
In the air, the sandgrouse were fast and confusing, speeding through in tight flocks before swirling round to pitch down.