• synonyms

sand grouse

or sand·grouse

  1. any of several birds of the family Pteroclididae inhabiting sandy areas of the Old World, resembling both pigeons and shorebirds and having precocial young.
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Origin of sand grouse

First recorded in 1775–85
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Historical Examples of sand grouse

  • The chief feature was the extraordinary abundance of sand-grouse.

    Letters from Mesopotamia

    Robert Palmer

  • 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

    Abel Chapman

  • 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.