Pterocles fasciatus

Pterocles fasciatus, Scop.

800. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 498 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 4; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol IX, p. 421 ; Game Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 59 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 131.


Length, 10 to 11.25 ; expanse, 19.5 to 22.5 ; wing, 6.4 to 7 ; tail, 3.25 to 3.75 ; tarsus, 0.8 to 1; bill from gape, 0.55 to 0.7; weight, 6 to 7 1/2 oz.

Bill brown to dark orange-red ; irides brown; feet dirty-yellow to pale orange-brown.

Male, general ground color bright fulvous-yellow, the sides of the head, neck and breast, and shoulder of the wings plain and unspotted ; the back, scapulars, tertiaries and tail, banded with deep brown; a narrow white band on the forehead, then a broadish black band, succeeded by another narrow white one, and then a narrow black band, widening behind the eye, and ending in a white spot; the occiput and nape with black streaks; quills brown-black, with narrow pale edgings ; the median and greater coverts of the wings and some of the secondaries broadly banded with inky-black, edged with white ; a triple band separates the fulvous of the breast from the abdomen, the first maroon, the second creamy-white, and the third unspotted chocolate-brown, which is the ground color of the abdominal region, vent, and under tail-coverts, each feather being tipped with white.

The female differs in wanting the black and white bands on the head, the pectoral band, and the inky-black and white bars on the' wings, the whole upper surface, the sides of the neck, breast, wings, and tail, being fulvous mixed with rufous, and finely barred with black; the chin, throat, ear-coverts, and some of the greater wing-coverts are unspotted fulvous; the lower part of the breast, and the whole abdominal region, very finely barred with chocolate-black and creamy-white.

With the exception of Sind, the Painted Sand Grouse occurs throughout the region, but is very locally distributed; it is a permanent resident, breeding usually in April and May; they make no nest to speak of, but merely scrape a slight depression in the ground, at a spot, sheltered by a tuft of grass or bush. The eggs, two or three in number, (usually three) are of a cylindrical shape, delicate pale salmon-pink in color, with specks and tiny streaks of brownish-red, with a good many spots or clouds of pale inky-purple intermingled.

They measure 1.4 inches in length by 0.98 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 fasciatus
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Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Painted Sand Grouse
Painted Sandgrouse
Pterocles indicus
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