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Namaqua Sandgrouse

Afrikaans name: Kelkiewyn

Namaqua Sandgrouse

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Pterocles namaqua

The Namaqua Sandgrouse is a near-endemic to southern Africa. This means that it is mainly found in southern Africa but its range spills over a bit beyond the region. It is mainly found in the drier areas of South Africa and Namibia.

It prefers arid regions such as those found in the Kalahari and Nama Karoo.

Namaqua Sandgrouse mainly feed on seeds but will sometimes take other vegetable material.

They are able to soak up moisture, in the feathers on their bellies, while at a waterhole then fly back to their nest with the water for their chicks.

Namaqua Sandgrouse make a scrape on the ground for their nests. Normally 2 or 3 eggs are laid. The female tends to the eggs during the hot days and the males look after them at night. The chicks develop and are able to fly short distances and look for food at a young age.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 139

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 117

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 117

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 111

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 112

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 38

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 105

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 148

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 194

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 194

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 29

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 253

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 410

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 124

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 212

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 220

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 298

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 294

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 212

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 220

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 119

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 102

World Birds - Author: Brian P. Martin - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 125

List of South African Birds

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