- 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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Sandgrouse were few, but commoner towards the central plateau, where were water-holes.The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad
Edward John Thompson
In pigeons and sandgrouse there is no vomer, but the other bones have the Schizognathous arrangement.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
Of game-birds the most plentiful are sandgrouse, quail (a bird of passage) and snipe.
- any bird of the family Pteroclididae, of dry regions of the Old World, having very short feet, a short bill, and long pointed wings and tail: order Columbiformes
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