sand grouse

sand grouse

noun
any of several birds of the family Pteroclididae inhabiting sandy areas of the Old World, resembling both pigeons and shorebirds and having precocial young.
Also, sandgrouse.


Origin:
1775–85

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sand grouse

any of 16 species of birds of Asian and African deserts. According to some systems of classification, sandgrouse are ranked with the plovers within the order Charadriiformes.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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