French: Podoce de Pleske German: Pleskehäher Spanish: Arrendajo terrestre iraní
Other common names:
Alkhor (= Alghur?), Khorasan, Iran
E Iran; probably also in adjacent W Afghanistan and W Pakistan#R.
24 cm; 85–90 g. A boldly patterned small corvid with slightly decurved, rather slim bill, relatively short glossy black uppertail-coverts. Head, neck and both... read more
Most frequently heard is a series of far-carrying, penetrating tremulous whistles, "tseee... read more
Sandy desert plains, and both Zygophyllum and Artemisia steppe, with scattered... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, diet varying with season. In spring chiefly insectivorous, feeding principally on weevils (Curculionidae) and other beetles (e.... read more
Eggs laid in first half of Mar; single-brooded. Appears to have long-term pair-bond, partners keeping together all year. In Touran... read more
Sedentary; probably some dispersal in autumn-winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widely distributed over most of interior of E half of Iran, but by no means common; can be locally quite numerous. Found chiefly in... read more
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