A medium-sized pallid and delicately-patterned sandgrouse. Pale and sandy overall. Males have a subtle pattern on upperparts while females are thinly spotted. Lacks breast bands, unlike Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse. Spotted Sandgrouse has an elongated rear compared to the similar Crowned Sandgrouse’s medium-length pin-tail projections. In flight note the strong contrast in its two-toned underwings. Flight call is a characteristic “Waka! Waka!” Favors sandy or stony desert plains where it breeds on the ground. Congregates to drink in waterholes in the morning, often flies long distances back and forth in large flocks.