Namaqua Sandgrouse

Pterocles namaqua (near-endemic)

This beautiful sandgrouse can be easily distingusihed by its long pointed tail and its unique “kelkie-vein” call. It is a common nomad in desert, semi desert, arid savanna and grassland, and is well-known for carrying water to its chicksĀ in its special belly feathers.

We first recorded it in July 2012 while driving through the Northern Cape on our way to Namibia. Our best sightings, however, were in May 2013 while visiting the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for the first time.


Namaqua Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 11 June 2014 (Edited – lens blur to background) Namaqua Sandgrouse – m. & f. / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Lijersdraai Waterhole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South-Africa / 10 June 2014 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 11 June 2014 (Edited) Namaqua Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 11 June 2014 (Edited – removed oof birds) Namaqua Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 11 June 2014 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Lijersdraai Waterhole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South-Africa / 11 June 2014 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Lijersdraai Waterhole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South-Africa / 10 June 2014 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 11 June 2014 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Lijersdraai Waterhole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South-Africa / 11 June 2014 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Etosha, Northern Namibia Namaqua Sandgrouse / Grootkolk, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse – m. & f. / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 11 June 2014 Namaqua Sandgrouse – m. & f. / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse – m. & f. / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Etosha, Northern Namibia Namaqua Sandgrouse – m. & f. / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Zebra River Lodge, Southern Namibia Namaqua Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 02 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse – m. / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Lijersdraai Waterhole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South-Africa / 10 June 2014 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Grootkolk, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse – m. / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse m. / Grootkolk, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse – m. / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse m. & f. / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Zebra River Lodge, Southern Namibia Namaqua Sandgrouse & Lanner Falcon / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 4 May 2013 Namaqua Sandgrouse / Zebra River Lodge, Southern Namibia Namaqua Sandgrouse / Sossusvlei, Southern Namibia Namaqua Sandgrouse – male & female / Zebra River Lodge, Southern Namibia
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