French: Syrrhapte du Tibet German: Tibetflughuhn Spanish: Ganga tibetana
Tso Morari Lake, Kashmir
Pamir Mts (from E Tajikistan) and Kashmir E to Tibetan plateau (N to Altun Shan) and NW & WC China (Qinghai, W Gansu, W Sichuan), S to extreme N India (Himachal) and possibly Sikkim.
c. 40 cm; 299–395 g. Front toes feathered, hind toe lacking; long, pin-like central tail feathers. Eleven primaries, with the outermost normal unlike in S.... read more
Over long distance, calls have been likened to those of cranes or swans in flight, and considered... read more
Semi-desert or desert uplands, inhabiting bare, stony plateaux, rocky hillsides, gravelly or sandy... read more
Food and feeding
Buds, flowers and green parts of plants, especially legumes, in summer, switching mainly to seeds of similar species in winter, when... read more
Overall season mid-Apr to late July, peaking May–Jun (S Tibet), but nests not recorded before early Jun in Tadjikistan, with young... read more
Sedentary; performs altitudinal movements to lower levels in winter, in order to escape from... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Reported as being relatively common and fairly widespread in Tibet, especially on Northern and Inner Plateaux, though information rather sparse and... read more
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