Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Male, OMAN)
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Female)
Scientific Name 
Pterocles exustus
Arabic Name 
الكدرية الشائعة
Kuwaiti name 
القطاة الكدرية
50.0 cm
32.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 

In Kuwait


Extremely rare vagrant. A major Western Palearctic rarity probably accidentally occurring this far north in the Gulf area. Nearly all records are from birds which have been shot by hunters.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 3 records for Kuwait with the last record in 2007 near Sabah Al Ahmad Natural Reserve (SAANR). It's plumage is in fact wonderful camouflage against the sand of its arid habitats where it is most often found.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is not yet quantified. It has a native range encompassing Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Pakistan and India. The subspecies floweri, endemic to central Egypt, was last seen in 1979 and is probably extinct.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and habitat loss