• 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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Examples from the Web for sandgrouse

Historical Examples of sandgrouse

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for sandgrouse


  1. 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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