Black-bellied Sandgrouse

Pterocles orientalis

(P. o. orientalis)

Armenian Name: Սևափոր դռլոն
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Black-bellied Sandgrouse

See Plate 23 for Black-bellied Sandgrouse and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:33-35 cm, Wing Span:70-73 cm
Distribution Map: Map 171.
Description: Large black belly patch. Male: head and neck gray with black chin and brown-orange patch on upper neck. Narrow black breast band above wider pale band. Upperparts brown-yellow spotted with gray. Female: finely patterned with black on pale brown-yellow breast and upperparts.
Similar Species: Differs from Pin-tailed Sandgrouse by black belly.
Behavior: Flight action slower and more powerful than Pin-tailed Sandgrouse; takeoff noticeably slow. Makes group flights to water sources at dawn and dusk.
Habitat: Semidesert, arid mountain steppe; usually near water.
Food: Seeds, young green plants.
Nest: Shallow ground scrape lined with dry twigs.
Eggs: 45 mm, 3, dull green, pale brown lines.