Namaqua Sandgrouse

Scientific Name:
Pterocles namaqua
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Namaqua Sandgrouse

The Namaqua Sandgrouse (Pterocles namaqua) is a species of sandgrouse native to the arid and semi-arid regions of southern Africa.


Namaqua Sandgrouse are typically found in open, arid habitats such as deserts, semi-deserts, dry grasslands, and scrublands. They are well adapted to harsh, dry environments and are often seen in areas with sandy or gravelly soils. These sandgrouse are known to travel long distances in search of water, relying on isolated waterholes or seasonal rains for drinking.


Namaqua Sandgrouse are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 25 to 30 centimeters (10 to 12 inches) in length, with a wingspan of about 50 to 60 centimeters (20 to 24 inches). They have a compact body, a small head, short legs, and pointed wings. Their plumage is predominantly cryptic, with mottled brown and gray patterns that provide excellent camouflage against their arid habitat. Best Viewing The best places to view Namaqua Sandgrouse are in arid and semi-arid regions within their range, including desert habitats and dry grasslands. Look for them near water sources such as waterholes, rivers, or seasonal pans where they come to drink. These sandgrouse are often seen in small to large flocks, especially during the early morning or late afternoon hours when they are most active.