Sandgrouse (Pteroclidae)

Double-banded Sandgrouse (Pterocles bicinctus) - HBW 4, p. 56

French: Ganga bibande German: Nachtflughuhn Spanish: Ganga Bicinta

Taxonomy: Pterocles bicinctus Temminck, 1815, Great Fish River, south-eastern Namibia.
In past, sometimes included in genus Eremialector. Formerly considered conspecific with P. lichtensteinii and P. indicus; also closely related to P. quadricinctus. Birds from N Namibia and N Botswana were separated as race chobiensis, those of N Zimbabwe and Mozambique as race usheri, and those of W Namibia as elizabethae. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ansorgei Benson, 1947 - SW Angola.
  • bicinctus Temminck, 1815 - Namibia, Botswana, NW Cape Province (South Africa).
  • multicolor Hartert, 1908 - S and E Zambia, S Malawi and W Mozambique, S to Transvaal.