Home » Birds » Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse

Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse

Also known as the Indian Sandgrouse, the Chestnut Sandgrouse is common in both India and Africa. They can be found in hot, sparse, arid climates and are known to journey 50 miles in a day in order to find water. In addition to drinking at a water source, these birds will steep their bellies in water and using their feathers to absorb it so that they may bring it back to the nest for their young. In fact, the Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse may hold up to 20mL of water in its belly feathers.

As the name implies, this bird has a chestnut colored belly with black breastband, buff or light brown body and mottled wings. Originally this bird was brought from Rajasthan, India to Nevada in the 1960s. Today it can only be found in the United States on the big island of Hawaii.

Photo Courtesy of Arpit Demurari.
Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse

Where to Hunt Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse

 

 

Building the Quail Pen

Backyard Bobwhite: Part 2

Can a pen-raised quail make it in the wild? If you’ve had the privilege to hunt Bobwhite over a few seasons in areas where they still reside, you likely know that year over year you will find birds in the exact same locations. Read old stories from some of the great quail hunting authors and … Read more

Brian Koch
Quail Release Video

Backyard Bobwhite: Part 4

Release the Birds It’s a bitter sweet day. The quail project we conceived in the spring (Part 1) is winding down as the leaves begin descending and first frosts are painting the pasture. We’ve gotten attached to these birds, invested in their condition, entertained by their antics. We’re just a few zip ties away from … Read more

Brian Koch
Meat Pricing

Skewering Meathunters: The True Cost of a Pound of Game Bird

I often see bird hunters profess that they hunt for food.  But when I think about my days afield, meat is often the last thing that comes to mind. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Sharptail Fajitas and my Pheasant Chowder but eating game birds has always been one of the bonuses of being … Read more

Brian Koch