Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
Pterocles exustus

3rd Feb, 2007
Possible regional races (polytypic)
-P. e. hindustan
Pterocles exustus hindustan
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A permanent resident, widely spread throughout the country, and breeding in most places; excluding the extreme southern portions of the continent, Malabar, Lower Bengal, Assam and Burmah, it occurs almost everywhere in the plains, where the country is open and dry. As a straggler it has occurred, as recorded by Dr. King, even close to Calcutta, but as a rule it absolutely avoids damp soils and densely-wooded or hilly tracts, and is most abundant in sparsely cultivated, and unirrigated, but yet not wholly deserts tracts.

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