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Namaqua Sandgrouse

The Namaqua Sandgrouse can be found all over the western half of southern Africa including the Namaqualand area {it's namesake}. They are mostly seen at a waterhole in the Kalahari or Namib Desert where it announces its presence with the characteristic, melancholy kelkiewyn call.

Of the 12 species of sandgrouse found in South Africa, the Namaqua sandgrouse is the only one with a long, pointed tail.

These dove-like birds feed on small dry seeds on the ground. Being a seed specialist, each bird will consume a large quantity of seeds a day, depending on the size of the seeds. It therefore spends most of the day on its feet, searching out the tiny hard seeds of the ephemeral plants in this habitat.

The Sandgrouse, like the Ostrich, needs a certain quantity of pebbles and grit in its diet to assist with digestion of these hard-coated seeds in its muscular stomach.
~Pterocles namaqua~

Average Lifesize Bird:
Length 10" Wingspan 12"

This sculpture is in full flight with one piece wings and tail. It is made from aluminum and skillfully painted with acrilic liquetex fine art paint to give the illusion of feathers. It is made to be suspended as if in flight.

$ 600.

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Like all of Daniel's sculptures, this is a hand crafted one of a kind original. Purchase includes a letter of authenticity signed by the artist.

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