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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Genus:Pterocles
Genus species:Pterocles gutturalis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:33 cm
Identification:The female and male both have a buff-yellow chin and throat. The male is olive-brown and unspotted with a black collar on its foreneck. Upper wing-coverts are tipped with a light cinnamon and flight feathers are blackish brown. highs and belly are a dark chestnut. Females are mottled with fine black bars on their chestnut belly.
Habitat:Semiarid regions
Diet:Herbivore: seeds and grains
Reproduction:These monogamous birds are also solitary nesters. They lay two to three eggs during the winter. The female incubates the eggs during the day and the male incubates them at night, for a total of 26 days. The female and male both care for the chicks when they hatch.
Large flocks gather for various reasons: up to 80 birds for drinking, 400 for feeding, and 1,000 for migrating.
Behavior:Yellow-throated sandgrouse are very fast and tenacious flyers.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The yellow-throated sandgrouse is the largest of the four South African sandgrouses.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1976-10 Subjects:upland ground bird
Yellow-throated sandgrouse
Sandgrouse
Columbiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata