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sand grouse

or sandgrouse

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
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • An example of how this may occur is illustrated by the sporadic excursion into Europe of Pallas sand-grouse.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • In Afghnistn and Bikanir, the sand-grouse is called ttrak and boora kurra (Jerdon, ii, 498).

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Again I dreamed, and again I saw the spreading water beneath me, and the wildfowl; but there were no pelicans and no sand-grouse.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
  • And occasionally the flights of sand-grouse stooped in their pretty way and drank at the margin of the water.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
  • The chief feature was the extraordinary abundance of sand-grouse.

    Letters from Mesopotamia Robert Palmer
  • The sand-grouse (Pterocles arenarius) is occasionally found, as also are the eagle and the bee-eater.

  • The doves were reported as sand-grouse, and certainly come flighting in from the desert very much in the s.-g.

    Letters from Mesopotamia Robert Palmer
  • White wagtails appeared in great numbers a few weeks ago, and sand-grouse are reported in vast numbers further north.

    Letters from Mesopotamia Robert Palmer
  • The nesting season of the various species of sand-grouse that breed in India is now beginning.

  • The vultures and the sand-grouse held it undisturbed in a perpetual tenancy.

    The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason

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