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Painted Sandgrouse by K. M. Narayanswamy

The Painted Sandgrouse Pterocles indicus is a bird of low hills, open rocky and grassy areas in the deciduous forests of peninsular India and Pakistan. Gregarious and cautious birds, their colouration helps camouflage them in the dust-coloured habitats. This image of three male and two female sandgrouses was taken along the edge of a forest road in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The birds are known to soak their chests in water, then fly as far as 20 or 30 km. away to their chicks who will sip the water directly off their parent’s inner breast feathers.
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