Pallas's Sandgrouse

Syrrhaptes paradoxus (Pallas, 1773) PALSA 6630
Family: Pterocliformes > Pteroclidae

Pallas's Sandgrouse has one of the strangest histories of any British bird; several hundred individuals arrived in 1863, 1888 (some of which subsequently bred) and 1908, but it has since been an extremely rare visitor.

This species breeds in semi-desert and steppe habitats from Uzbekistan east to north-west China. Although generally resident in its behaviour, Pallas's Sandgrouse may make occasional irruptive movements.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
11 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
11 records


11 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
11 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Pallas's Sandgrouse, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Iâr Diffeithwch
Catalan: ganga estepària
Czech: stepokur kirgizský
Danish: Steppehøne
Dutch: Steppehoen
Estonian: stepivuril
Finnish: arokyyhky
French: Syrrhapte paradoxal
German: Steppenflughuhn
Hungarian: talpastyúk
Icelandic: Steppuspjátra
Irish: Gaineamhchearc Pallas
Italian: Sirratte
Latvian: stepes smilšvistina
Lithuanian: stepine vištele
Norwegian: Steppehøne
Polish: pustynnik (zwyczajny)
Portuguese: ganga-das-estepes
Slovak: labkán stepný
Slovenian: kirgiška sadža
Spanish: Ganga de Pallas
Swedish: stäppflyghöna

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