Sandgrouse (Pteroclidae)

Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis) - HBW 4, p. 52

French: Ganga unibande German: Sandflughuhn Spanish: Ganga Ortega
Other common names: Imperial/Oriental/Large Sandgrouse

Taxonomy: Tetrao orientalis Linnaeus, 1758, Anatolia, Turkey.
In past, occasionally included in genus Eremialector. Birds of Iberia and NW Africa formerly separated as race aragonica. Possible races enigmaticus, koslovae and bangsi now included in nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • orientalis (Linnaeus, 1758) - Iberian Peninsula, Canary Is (Fuerteventura, Lanzarote) and NW Africa from Morocco to NW Libya; also Cyprus, Israel, Anatolia and Armenia.
  • arenarius (Pallas, 1775) - NW Kazakhstan E to NW China (NW Xinjiang), and S to Iran, Afghanistan and SW Pakistan (Baluchistan).