Burchell’s Sandgrouse

Pterocles burchelli (near-endemic)

This small, compact sandgrouse is particularly common in kalahari sands. We first recorded it in April 2011 while staying on a concession near to Nxai Pans in Botswana.

A reliable spot to find them in South Africa is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. All you need to do is visit a waterhole in winter, preferably between Nossop and Groot Kolk, around 9am and you are bound to see flocks of them arriving to drink.


Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 09 June 2014 Burchell’s Sandgrouse (male & female) / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 12 June 2014 Burchell’s-Sandgrouse-6-CR2-SHAD-SM-SH-WEB Burchell’s Sandgrouse – male & female / Nxai Pan, Botswana Burchell’s Sandgrouse (male) / Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa / 16 June 2015 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 12 June 2014 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 12 June 2014 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 11 June 2014 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 12 June 2014 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa / June 2015 Burchell’s Sandgrouse – m. & f.  / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 5 May 2013 Burchell’s Sandgrouse – m. & f.  / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 5 May 2013 Burchell’s-Sandgrouse_Kgalagadi-Transfrontier-Park,-South-Africa_11-June-2014-4-CR-SM-SH-WEB Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 08 June 2014 Burchell’s Sandgrouse (female) / Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa / 16 June 2015 Burchell’s Sandgrouse – male / Nxai Pan, Botswana Burchell’s-Sandgrouse_Kgalagadi-Transfrontier-Park,-South-Africa_11-June-2014-BESTEST-CR-SHAD-SM-SH-WEB Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / June 2014 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 02 May 2013 3-kinds-of-grouse-CR-SM-SH-WEB Burchell’s Sandgrouse – f. / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 5 May 2013 Burchell’s Sandgrouse – m. & f.  / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 5 May 2013 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 5 May 2013 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 02 May 2013 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 02 May 2013 Burchell’s Sandgrouse – m. & f.  / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 5 May 2013 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 5 May 2013 Burchell’s Sandgrouse – m.  / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 5 May 2013 Burchell’s Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 5 May 2013
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