Syrrhaptes paradoxus

Pallas's sandgrouse

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Birds (Aves)
Order  (Columbiformes)
Family  (Pteroclidae)
Genus  (Syrrhaptes)
Species Authority Pallas, 1773
Summary Status: indeterminate (Category IV), the number of this little studied species is declining. Pallass sandgrouse inhabits semi-desert and desert regions from the Volga River to Mongolia. In Kazakstan it is found in all kinds of deserts from west to east, but it prefers deserts with firm soil and is seldom found in sandy areas. Current populations are unknown, but 20 to 30 years ago one could see flocks of tens of thousands of birds. Its numbers are decreasing due to excessive hunting at desert waterholes where large flocks regularly drink. Total prohibition of hunting at all desert water sources must be en-forced. Such watering holes should become safe zones for all desert animals.

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