The chestnut-bellied sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus) is a species of sandgrouse. They are found in sparse, bushy, arid land which is common in central and northern Africa, and southern Asia. Though they live in hot, arid climates, they are highly reliant on water. They have been known to travel up to 80 kilometres (50 mi) in one day in search of water. All species of sandgrouse that have been studied in habitat have proved to entirely vegetarian throughout their lives, specialising in leguminous weed seeds and seldom eating grass seeds.



In the 1960s many birds were captured using clap traps from Rajasthan in India and introduced into Nevada. They have also been introduced to Hawaii.

A subspecies, P. e. floweri, was last seen in the Nile Valley of Egypt in 1979. It is thought to be extinct, but the reasons for this are unknown.
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
Date Location Count
2019-08-12 11:29Waikaloa Skatepark30
2019-08-22 07:49Serengeti NP--Northern Serengeti1
2019-08-16 09:48Tarangire NP--Entrance Gate2
2019-08-21 17:00Arabian Ranches Golf Club (restricted access)1
2019-08-11 16:17Desert NP--Sam Sand Dunes14
2019-08-11 05:46Kuldhara16
2019-08-20 16:20Little Rann of Kachchh--Nanda Bet17
2019-08-17 07:03Shokaliya5
2019-08-11 07:00Mayureshwar WLS4
2019-08-11 07:51Kheda Jhanjhrola HR/IN47
2019-08-11 07:57Bhutnal Lake, Bijapur4
2019-08-17 16:00Himayat Sagar Lake3
2019-08-20 16:04Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary20
2019-08-20 13:32Alaganuru Reservoir2
2019-08-21 06:48Pappampatti Grassland38
2019-08-10 12:05Gudalur Sellakulam5