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Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse

Chestnut Belied Sandgrouse is 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.

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