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Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse

Pterocles exustus

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A large, plump, and dovelike bird with a pointed tail. Males are sandy brown with a thin black breast band and solid chestnut belly. Females are sandy brown with black bars on the back and a mottled neck. Flight is fast and direct; often seen in flocks. Introduced to the Hawaiian Islands where it is fairly common in dry grassland and shrubland in the northwestern part of Hawaii Island; most often seen near Waikoloa and Waimea.

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