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Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (female)
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (female)

Another personal favourite.

An absolute beautiful camouflaged bird, my first encounter with her had been in Little Rann of Kutch way back in 2009. With the driver stopping the gypsy all of a sudden, he mentioned – Chestnut belied Sandgrouse pair.. Well, heard this name for the first time then… started searching where the heck this bird is… Screened the surroundings twice before asking the driver – where is it??? He mentioned sirji, watch straight 50 feet and you shall see it.. Again my eyes started focusing within the defined range given.

Fortunate for me, the pair moved and I could catch that moment.. Gosh!!! The bird could easily pass as a part of the wheatish desert. After some clicks from the gypsy, managed to slowly get down of the gypsy and was flat on the ground trying to get a low angle shot… With the light fading, it was important to be patient as well as be quick to get proper shot under faded lights. I moved further… Fortunately the birdy was calm. After a few attempts, the male flew away and only the female stayed back, calm and quite. Managed to stop my breath and crawl ahead.. With a manageable distance, I could manage to get this shot.

About Chestnut Belied Sandgrouse, this one happens to be one of the most common sandgrouse in Africa and India. Upperparts are buff to light brown, under parts and face is chestnut, and narrow breast band is black. Back and wings are mottled, primaries are darker brown. Tail has elongated central feathers, legs and feet are gray. They prefers desert and semi-desert habitats, also found in arid scrub, dry steppe, and fallow fields.

It is also known as Indian Sandgrouse, Common Indian Sandgrouse, Small Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, and Lesser Pin-tailed Sandgrouse.

One special feature of sandgrouse is their long flights to water holes in desert where not only do they drink, but during breeding they soak their belly feathers to carry water to the chicks. The male's belly feathers can hold up to 20 ml of water.

Disclamer: This photograph is taken in the natural habitat. Incase if anybody needs the copy of this picture, please contact me. © All Rights Reserved by Yogesh Rane (www.junglebook.co.in / www.yogeshrane.com)

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