Pintailed Sandcjrouse

I his is a sandgrousc of flat, dry country Its fine pattern of colors camouflages it against sand, pebbles, and sparse-vegetation. This species normally occurs in flocks and sometimes breeds in loose colonics. Birds are seen creeping or running on their rather short legs and feeding on seeds, shoots, and leaves. They fly considerable distances to water and. when drinking, sometimes float on the surface. Males carry water for the young in their soft breast feathers.

• NliST An unlincd hollow on bare ground.

• DIS TRIBUTION Breeds in Portugal. Spain S. Trance, N. Africa, Middle East, and C. Asia. C. Asian populations winter as far south as Pakistan and N.W. India.

• du a, black eye stripe chestnut breast bant! edged in gray

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