French: Podoce de Biddulph German: Weißschwanzhäher Spanish: Arrendajo terrestre de Xinjiang
Other common names:
A. O. Hume
Maralbashi, Xinjiang, China
Taklimakan Desert (from Yarkand E to Lop Nur) in Xinjiang, NW China.
26·7–31·2 cm cm; male 134–141 g, female 120–132 g. Attractive small corvid with gently decurved bill, slightly ruffled rear crown, and rather... read more
Hardly studied. Calls include succession of low whistles on rapidly descending scale and a... read more
Well-vegetated low-lying sandy desert, between 900 m and 1200 m. Favoured habitat is soft sand,... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, but little studied. Takes variety of seeds, grain and other plant materials; also uses strong decurved bill to dig vigorously... read more
Eggs laid late Mar and Apr. Nest a compact bowl of twigs and rootlets, lined with animal hair, feathers and soft plant fibres, outer... read more
Sedentary, as far as is known.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Taklimakan Desert EBA. Described as "common" in Taklimakan... read more
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