905. Pterocles coronatus

905. Coroneted Sand-Grouse.
Pterocles coronatus, Licht. Verz. Doubl, p. 65 (1823) ; Gould, B. of A. vi. pl. 63 ; Dresser, ix. p. 313, pl. 700 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 23 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 57.
Quata, Arab.
Male ad. (India). Middle of forehead and a small space over the eye creamy white ; crown cinnamon, surrounded by a blue-grey band ; a black patch on each side of the forehead, chin, and middle of the throat ; upper parts sandy isabelline, the scapulars and wing-coverts marked with brown, and with a terminal spot of creamy buff ; tail sandy isabelline, all but the middle feathers tipped with white, and with a subterminal black bar ; primaries blackish brown ; throat, cheeks, ear-coverts, and upper neck yellow ; rest of under parts sandy isabelline, the lower throat and fore breast washed with grey ; under tail-coverts white ; beak and feet plumbeous black ; iris brown. Culmen 0.7, wing 7.8, tail 4.0, tarsus 1.1 inch. The female is paler than the male, lacks the black on the head and throat, has the upper parts barred and slightly spotted, and the lower throat and breast narrowly barred with blackish brown.
Hab. Algeria, Tunis ; Egypt ; Arabia; Syria ; Persia ; Afghani¬stan, Baluchistan, and Sind.
Like its congeners it frequents sandy, desert localities, and is extremely swift on the wing. In its general habits it resembles P. senegallus, but its flight and cry, which latter is very loud, are said to differ from those of all allied species. Its eggs, 2 or 3 in number, are deposited in June or July, and are ashy white with a few pale brown markings, and measure about 1.5 by 1.06.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
905. Pterocles coronatus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
Page No: 
Common name: 
Coroneted Sand Grouse
Crowned Sandgrouse
Pterocles coronatus
Vol. 2

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