|Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis
|near Boumalne du Dades, Morocco
The Black-bellied Sandgrouse is distributed in the Iberian Peninsula, north-west Africa from Morocco to Libya and from Turkey to north-west China and south to Afghanistan and south-west Pakistan. It is found in steppe and semi-arid habitats generally cooler and less arid than the habitat for most other Sandgrouse species.
|It is distinguished by the large black patch on the belly and a fine black band across the lower breast. The female is duller and more cryptic than the male shown here in photos 1 and 2.|
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