Pishan, western Xinjiang, western China.
Taxonomic status perhaps questionable. Known only from type specimen, an immature female originally identified as C. aegyptius, and compared only with that species when described; further study of immature C. europaeus plumipes may also be of interest. Recent reassessment, however, strongly supports probability that taxon is valid, specimen being markedly smaller than any plumipes even allowing for incomplete growth of wings#R. Monotypic.
W China (SW Xinjiang), where possibly occurs throughout S Tarim Basin along Kun Lun; speculated to breed in Taklamakan Desert or as far N as Gobi Desert and to winter in semi-deserts of Pakistan and NW India#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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