Sandgrouse (Pteroclidae)

Black-faced Sandgrouse (Pterocles decoratus) - HBW 4, p. 55

French: Ganga à face noire German: Schmuckflughuhn Spanish: Ganga Decorada
Other common names: Bridled/Masked Sandgrouse

Taxonomy: Pterocles decoratus Cabanis, 1868, Lake Jipe, Kenya-Tanzania border.
In past, sometimes included in genus Eremialector. Birds of N Tanzania formerly awarded separate race, katharinae. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ellenbecki Erlanger, 1905 - NE Uganda and N Kenya E to S Ethiopia and S Somalia; also occurs in E Ethiopia.
  • decoratus Cabanis, 1868 - SE Kenya and E Tanzania.
  • loveridgei (Friedmann, 1928) - W Kenya and W Tanzania.

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