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Nyctiperdix
Four-banded Sandgrouse
Four-banded Sandgrouse
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Columbimorphae
Family: Pteroclidae
Genus: Nyctiperdix
Roberts, 1922
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Nyctiperdix is a genus of near passerine birds in the sandgrouse family. It includes all the species in the family except for two central Asian species in Syrrhaptes

These sandgrouse have small, pigeon-like heads and necks, but sturdy compact bodies. They have long pointed wings and sometimes tails. Their legs are feathered down to the toes, but unlike Syrrhaptes the toes are not feathered.

Pterocles sandgrouse have a fast direct flight, and flocks fly to watering holes at dawn and dusk.

Two to three eggs are laid directly on the ground. They are buff or greenish with cryptic markings. All species are resident.

Species in taxonomic order

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