Genus Syrrhaptes


Pallas's Sandgrouse - This species breeds across middle latitudes of central Asia on dry steppes and similar habitats. Its nest is a ground scrape into which 2-3 greenish eggs with cryptic markings are laid. It is a partial migrant, especially from the northern parts of its range in Kazakhstan and Mongolia, but the extent and distance of the southerly winter movement depends on the amount of snowfall.


Tibetan Sandgrouse - Tibetan Sandgrouse is about 30-41 cm long, with buff upperparts. It has an orange face, finely barred grey breast, white belly and black underwings. The latter two features are distinctions from the related Pallas's Sandgrouse, with which its range overlaps. Like that species, Tibetan Sandgrouse has feathered legs and toes.

Order : Columbiformes
Family : Pteroclididae
Genus : Syrrhaptes