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Books about Sandgrouse

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Sandgrouse. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Pteroclididae

Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Pterocles orientalis

Black-faced Sandgrouse
Pterocles decoratus

Burchell's Sandgrouse
Pterocles burchelli

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
Pterocles exustus

Crowned Sandgrouse
Pterocles coronatus

Double-banded Sandgrouse
Pterocles bicinctus

Four-banded Sandgrouse
Pterocles quadricinctus

Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse
Pterocles lichtensteinii

Madagascar Sandgrouse
Pterocles personatus

Namaqua Sandgrouse
Pterocles namaqua

Painted Sandgrouse
Pterocles indicus

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
Pterocles alchata

Spotted Sandgrouse
Pterocles senegallus

Yellow-throated Sandgrouse
Pterocles gutturalis

Pallas's Sandgrouse
Syrrhaptes paradoxus

Tibetan Sandgrouse
Syrrhaptes tibetanus


Terrestrial Gamebirds & Snipes of Africa: Guineafowls, Francolins, Spurfowls, Quails, Sandgrouse & Snipes

Rob Little



"Terrestrial Gamebirds & Snipes of Africa is a detailed full-colour hand book. It includes everything needed to identify and get to know the 74 species that fall into six groups: guineafowls and Congo Peafowl, francolins and partridges, spurfowls, quails, sandgrouse, and snipes and Eurasian Woodcock. Terrestrial Gamebirds & Snipes of Africa offers a concise summary of the large but scattered body of accumulated scientific research and field-guide literature. Pertinent and interesting facts about the distribution, habits, breeding and conservation of each species are presented in a readable fashion. More than 250 photographs convey the appearance, characteristic features, behavioural activities and, in many cases, the habitats frequented by each bird. Terrestrial Gamebirds & Snipes of Africa will be a worthy addition to the ornithological literature and to the bookshelves of bird enthusiasts, particularly birders, wing-shooters, land owners and anyone with an interest in nature and conservation, throughout Africa and across the rest of the world."

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Pheasants, Partridges and Grouse: Including Buttonquails, Sandgrouse and their Allies

Steve Madge and Phil MacGowan

Illustrations: Norman Arlott, Robin Budden, Daniel Cole, John Cox, Carl D'Silva, Kim Franklin and David Mead



"A comprehensive guide to over 250 species of pheasants, partridges, quails, grouse, turkeys, guineafowl, buttonquails and sandgrouse. This book is primarily an identification guide focusing on identification details and description. The text provides information on identification, description, geographical variation, voice, status, habitat and behavior, distribution, movements and conservation issues. 72 color plates show male, female, juvenile, and subspecies plumages. There is a colour distribution map for each species. A glossary and bibliography are provided."

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Pheasants, Partridges and Grouse: Including Buttonquails, Sandgrouse and their Allies

Steve Madge and Phil MacGowan

Illustrations: Norman Arlott, Robin Budden, Daniel Cole, John Cox, Carl D'Silva, Kim Franklin and David Mead

Princeton University Press


"This guide brings together, for the first time within a single volume, a comprehensive review of all the world's pheasants, partridges, quails, grouse, turkeys, guineafowl, buttonquails, sandgrouse, and the enigmatic Plains-wanderer - over 250 species in all. The group includes some of the world's most familiar and beautiful birds, such as the Indian peafowl and the stunning tragopans, as well as some of the rarest and most threatened. This book concentrates on detailed identification and distribution, but also highlights conservation issues where relevant. The seventy-two color plates, by leading bird illustrators, show male, female, juvenile, and subspecies plumages, and form the finest set of illustrations of these birds to date. There is also a color distribution map for each species."

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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and Jordi Sargatal

Lynx Edicions


680 pages, 70 colour plates, 250 colour photos, 850 distribution maps.

This volume covers sandgrouse, pigeons and doves, cockatoos, parrots, turacos and cuckoos.

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Bustards, Hemipodes and Sandgrouse: Birds of Dry Places

Paul A. Johnsgard

Oxford University Press


"The bustards, hemipodes, and sandgrouse represent three taxonomically distinct and diverse families. Most of their members have become adapted to life in deserts, semi-deserts, or steppes of the Old World. This is the first monograph covering any of these groups, and is a companion volume to the author's The Pheasants of the World and The Quails, Partridges, and Francolins of the World. It covers all fifty-one extant species, and all but one of them are illustrated by paintings by Major Henry Jones, done from specimens in The Natural History Museum, London. These paintings are owned by The Zoological Society of London and are reproduced with their permission. The Lark-quail is illustrated by a new painting by Mark Marcuson. The text includes comparative chapters on the taxonomy and phylogeny of the three bird groups, their zoogeographic patterns, social behaviour, breeding biology, and status (in cases of rare or endangered species). The species accounts include identification criteria, summaries of available biological information, and range descriptions. Keys for the identification of genera and species are also provided, and approximately four-hundred literature sources are cited."

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Catalogue Of The Game Birds (Pterocletes, Gallinae, Opisthocomi, Hemipodii) In The Collection Of The British Museum

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XXII

W.R. Ogilvie-Grant

Colour plates: J.G. Keulemans (4), J. Smit (4)

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)



"The present volume treats of four Orders of Birds, constituting the greater bulk of what are commonly termed Game Birds. The numbers of species described and of specimens at present in the Collection are as follows: Pterocletes, 17; Gallinie, 384; Opisthocomi, 1; Hemipodii, 24. In the first category those forms are included to which, in the author's opinion, no higher than subspecific rank should be assigned; only 23 of these species and subspecies are still unrepresented in the Collection. Beside the 102 types of recognized species the Collection contains 50 other typical specimens which are now considered identical with previously named species."
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On the Young of Pallas's Sand-Grouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus)

Alfred Newton

Colour plate (Hemignathus Hanapepe and Hemignathus stejnegeri): J.G. Keulemans

Ibis: Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 207-214


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"Pending the publication of Dr. Rudolf Blasius's promised report, which I trust will enable me to discharge the duty, laid upon me by the Editor of ' The Ibis,' of telling, from the beginning, in its pages the story of the latest irruption of Syrrhaptes into Europe, I think it advisable to give the readers of this Journal the particulars of one of the most gratifying results of that remarkable event. This seems the more necessary since the main fact was announced by me at the last meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, held at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in September 1889, when I had the pleasure of exhibiting to those present a specimen of the chick of Syrrhaptes paradoxus - the first, so far as I know, that had ever been brought to the notice of any body of naturalists, and, moreover, one that had been hatched in a free state in this island."
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Last updated December 2011