Pterocles alchata
Photograph courtesy of Sergi Sales

Pterocles alchata

Catalan: Ganga
Spanish: Ganga Ibérica
English: Pin-tailed sandgrouse

Order: Pteroclidiformes
Family: Pteroclidae
Lenght: 31-39 cm
Wingspan: 55 cm

It is a species associated throughout the year in semiarid regions, plains and upland crops. It prefers plain mosaic of dry, fallow and uncultivated pasture anything dry, avoiding the fields, bushes certain height and the presence of scattered trees. Usually installed says pastures and fallow in winter and can be mixed among flocks of Sison legume crops that occupy legume areas, especially alfalfa. Breeding from sea level to 1,000 meters of altitude, and requires close to breeding areas there were troughs accessible and clarified.

In Catalonia is slightly more abundant than its relative, the Black-bellied sandgrouse. Variable number of nesting pairs around the 30th but very localized in only two locations.

 

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