Sandgrouse (Pteroclidae)

Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse (Pterocles lichtensteinii) - HBW 4, p. 56

French: Ganga de Lichtenstein German: Wellenflughuhn Spanish: Ganga de Lichtenstein
Other common names: Close-barred/Abyssinian Sandgrouse

Taxonomy: Pterocles lichtensteinii Temminck, 1825, Nubia.
Formerly considered conspecific with P. bicinctus and P. indicus; also closely related to P. quadricinctus. In past, sometimes included in genus Eremialector. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • targius Geyr von Schweppenburg, 1916 - Sahara and Sahel, from S Morocco and Mauritania E to Chad.
  • lichtensteinii Temminck, 1825 - S Israel, Sinai, SE Egypt and Sudan to N Ethiopia, N Somalia and Socotra I.
  • sukensis Neumann, 1909 - SE Sudan and S Ethiopia S to C Kenya.

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  • targius Geyr von Schweppenburg, 1916 - Sahara and Sahel, from S Morocco and Mauritania E to Chad.
  • lichtensteinii Temminck, 1825 - S Israel, Sinai, SE Egypt and Sudan to N Ethiopia, N Somalia and Socotra I.
  • sukensis Neumann, 1909 - SE Sudan and S Ethiopia S to C Kenya.
  • ingramsi Bates & Kinnear, 1937 - Yemen (Hadhramaut).
  • arabicus Neumann, 1909 - S Arabia, E to S Iran, S Afghanistan and Pakistan (Baluchistan, Sind).