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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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How to use sand grouse in a sentence
In pigeons and sandgrouse there is no vomer, but the other bones have the Schizognathous arrangement.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
Sandgrouse were few, but commoner towards the central plateau, where were water-holes.The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad|Edward John Thompson
Of game-birds the most plentiful are sandgrouse, quail (a bird of passage) and snipe.
British Dictionary definitions for sand grouse
/ (ˈsændˌɡraʊs) /
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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