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Pterocles alchata
Photo by rony_roshtov
Location: Negev, Israel


31–39 cm long. Head and upperparts yellowish-green, underparts white with a chestnut breast band, green neck. Sexes are similar, but the female is shorter tailed than the male.


Iberia and southern France, northwest Africa, southeast Turkey east to Kazakhstan.


Pterocles alchata has two subspecies:[1]

  • P. a. alchata
  • P. a. caudacutus


Dry open treeless plains and similar habitats.


Its nest is a ground scrape into which 2 or 3 creamy eggs are laid. Both sexes incubate.

Flocks fly to watering holes at dawn. The call is a loud gatar-gatar.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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