French: Podoce de Pander German: Saxaulhäher Spanish: Arrendajo terrestre del Turquestán
Other common names:
J. G. Fischer von Waldheim
N & C Uzbekistan, S Kazakhstan and N & C Turkmenistan; also isolated population in E Kazakhstan (S of L Balkhash).
25 cm; 86–96 g. A small, striking corvid with slightly decurved, rather slim bill, relatively short, glossy black uppertail-coverts. Head, neck and upperparts are sandy... read more
Most frequently heard is a series of far-carrying, clear ringing notes, "chweek chweek chweek... read more
Sandy desert with small dunes and extensive bushy cover; notably associated with saxaul (... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, but little studied. Takes variety of invertebrates and seeds of desert plants, grain and other plant materials. In winter diet... read more
Season protracted, nests with eggs found from late Feb to late May, optimum period seemingly late Mar and early Apr; single-brooded, but... read more
More or less sedentary, but family groups wander the desert throughout winter in search of food and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common; rare in extreme E of range. Was described as common, in places even abundant, in Kyzul Kum and Kara Kum deserts in... read more
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