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Syrrhaptes, genus Syrrhaptes(noun)
a genus of Pteroclididae
Syrrhaptes is a genus of birds in the sandgrouse family. It comprises two central Asian species. ⁕Tibetan Sandgrouse, Syrrhaptes tibetanus ⁕Pallas's Sandgrouse, Syrrhaptes paradoxus These are large birds breeding in open steppes or plateau. They nest in a ground scrape into which three eggs are laid. Both species have mainly buff upperparts, an orange face and feathered legs and toes. They are smaller-headed than other sandgrouse, but have sturdy compact bodies. Although there is range overlap, they are easily distinguished. Tibetan Sandgrouse has a white belly and black underwings, whereas Pallas's has a black belly and white underwings. These birds are gregarious like other sandgrouse. Flocks fly to watering holes at dawn and dusk, on long pointed wings.
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