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Sandgrouse: Pterocliformes - Sandgrouse And People

chicks watering water feathers

Sandgrouse are sometimes hunted for food, usually at their watering holes.


Sandgrouse, which generally occupy extremely dry habitats, have an unusual way of providing water to chicks that is not seen in any other group of birds. The male parent flies to the watering hole and dips his belly feathers in water. He then flies back to the nest, where the chicks take water from his feathers. The male continues to do this regularly for several weeks, until the chicks are able to fly to the watering hole themselves.

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