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 chicks 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.