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Hey kids, welcome back to our series on the mysteries of created kinds. Last week, we got to meet some adorable little primates. This week, we go from mammals to birds and meet a small group of ground-dwelling birds.
This week’s kind is found throughout Africa, Southern Europe, and the near eastern parts of Asia, with a few species found outside that range, mostly in China. Many live in very warm environments and must thermoregulate carefully in order to survive.1 They largely prefer flat plains in warm, arid climates.2 Some species will also use agricultural fields as their homes.3 They are largely herbivorous, meaning they eat seeds from weeds.4
Members of this kind have babies relatively slowly for birds. On average, they lay somewhere between two and three eggs, of which, roughly two-thirds hatch.5 They tend to build their nests in cover, either from rocks or other forms of natural cover.6 Eggs are often camouflaged to match the background.
Has anyone figured it out yet? This week’s kind is the Pteroclidae—the Sandgrouse kind. There are close to 100 birds in these flocks, and they often have some colorful feathers on their neck and head. Stay tuned for next week when we meet a colorful group of songbirds.
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There are three genera in this kind, they are found exclusively in Africa, and they have a stout body.
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