910. Syrrhaptes tibetanus

910. Tibetan Sand-Grouse.
Syrrhaptes tibetanus, Gould, P.Z.S. 1850, p. 92 ; id. B. of Asia, vi. pl. 61 ; Prjev. Mongol i Strana Tangut, ii. p. 14 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 5 ; Blanf. P. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 63.
Stepnaya-kurutza-Tibetskaya, Russ. ; Kuk, Kaling, Ladak.
Male ad. (Tibet). Forehead, lores, cheeks, and chin whitish slightly speckled with black ; crown white irregularly barred with black ; sides of head, throat, and a band round the neck deep ochreous yellow ; lower neck and breast whitish, narrowly barred with black ; upper parts pale fawn, finely vermiculated with black ; scapulars spotted with black ; quills and larger wing-coverts black ; lower back, rump and upper tail-coverts with ground colour whitish ; middle tail-feathers tinged with rufous, the long tips black, the rest chestnut tipped with white, and obsoletely barred ; lower breast pale greyish brown fading to white on the abdomen ; under tail-coverts chestnut, barred with black, and tipped with white ; bill bluish ; iris brown. Culmen 0.5, wing 10.15, tail 8.0, tarsus 1.1 inch. In the female the markings on the upper parts are much coarser, the whole breast is barred and the middle tail-feathers are shorter.
Hab. Tibet and the Pamir, where it is resident and found in summer at elevations above 12,000 feet, north of Sikhim ; Koko-nor in Mongolia, Ladak and the upper Sutlej valley.
Frequents barren, sandy localities, and in habits resembles S. paradoxus ; frequents sandy plains, where it feeds on seeds of various kinds, and is not shy. Its call-note, which is uttered on the wing, is a loud caga, caga, caga. So far as I can ascertain its eggs are unknown.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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910. Syrrhaptes tibetanus
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H. E. Dresser
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Tibetan Sand Grouse
Tibetan Sandgrouse
Syrrhaptes tibetanus
Vol. 2

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