- any of several birds of the family Pteroclididae inhabiting sandy areas of the Old World, resembling both pigeons and shorebirds and having precocial young.
Origin of sand grouse
First recorded in 1775–85
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The chief feature was the extraordinary abundance of sand-grouse.Letters from Mesopotamia
The vultures and the sand-grouse held it undisturbed in a perpetual tenancy.The Four Feathers
A. E. W. Mason
Packs of sand-grouse (Pterocles arenarius) with musical croak flew close around.Unexplored Spain
In Afghnistn and Bikanir, the sand-grouse is called ttrak and boora kurra (Jerdon, ii, 498).The Bbur-nma in English
Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
The sand-grouse (Pterocles arenarius) is occasionally found, as also are the eagle and the bee-eater.