Pterocles coronatus

Pterocles coronatus, Licht.

801ter. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 206; Game Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 57.


Length, 10 to 11.75 ; wing, 7 to 7.5 ; expanse, 22 ; tarsus, 0.9 ; bill at front, 0.45 ; bill at gape, 0.65.

Bill pale slaty; irides brown; legs clayey-slate, with china-white scutae.

A line on each side of the forehead from the nostrils to above the eye black, and a pale fulvous one between these from the point of the forehead ; crown of the head pale chestnut, vinous or rufescent fawn; a pearly grey band from the anterior angle of the eye, continued as a supercilium and extending round to the nape ; lores and a narrow band edging the black chin and throat-stripe, white; sides of the face, ear-coverts, and the neck all round orange-buff; base of the neck and upper back isabelline,. the feathers edged dusky grey; interscapulars the same, with median buffy spots at the tips; rump and upper tail-coverts a dark or dirty grey, mixed with the fulvous of the base of the feathers ; tail with median rectrices of a pale vinous color, dark shafted, with a subterminal dark spot, and very narrowly tipped with white ; lateral feathers deeper vinous with also a subterminal dark bar, and broadly tipped with white; all the feathers with a few dusky sprinkles behind the dark band ; primaries and their coverts dull grey or dusky brown ; all the primaries, except the first three, broadly margined with fulvous-white obliquely towards, the. tips on their, inner webs, and also tipped the same ; secondaries hair-brown; tertiaries vinous on their inner webs and edged on the outer with buffish ; scapulars vinous at the base, dark shafted with a subterminal dark band, and mesially tipped with a nearly oval buff spot; median wing-coverts the same, the greater series greyish-buff or buffy-isabelline; abdomen, flanks, under wing-coverts, vent, and lower tail-coverts, white, slightly soiled on the middle of the abdomen, and in some specimens a pale isabelline ; tarsal plumes white.

The female has the throat and sides of the neck orange-buff; the chin paler and nearly albescent; the crown very pale cinnamon; entire upper-surface buff, with, in some specimens, a vinous tinge and barred with numerous crescentic and broken bands of dark brown; breast and under parts paler buff, also with crescentic bands ; the flanks albescent; scapulars largely blotched with dusky and with buff tips ; primaries and secondaries as in the male, but very pale, or hair-brown.

It is only on the confines of Sind that the Coronetted Sand Grouse has been procured and that but rarely. It is of course only a cold weather visitant, but further north in Southern Afghanistan I was so fortunate as to procure two batches of eggs. They measured 1.63 inches in length by 1.07 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Pterocles coronatus
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Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Coronetted Sand Grouse
Crowned Sandgrouse
Pterocles coronatus

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