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Ground jays
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Podoces
Fischer von Waldheim, 1821
Podoces hendersoni
Podoces biddulphi
Podoces pleskei
Podoces panderi

The ground jays or ground choughs belong to a very distinct and interesting group of the passerine order of birds in the genus Podoces of the crow family Corvidae that inhabit high altitude semi-desert areas from central Asia to Mongolia.

They show excellent distinct adaptations to their ground living way of life such as long, strong legs adapted to fast running and they leap and bound onto boulders and rocks with great agility. Their long, curved thick bills are adapted for digging and probing.

They can all of course fly (which they do little and relatively weakly), but prefer running, and will readily perch on trees and bushes also.

Species list

  • Henderson's Ground Jay (Podoces hendersoni)
    Biddulph's Ground Jay (Podoces biddulphi)
    Persian Ground Jay (Podoces pleskei)
    Grey Ground Jay (Podoces panderi)

Hume's Ground Tit (Pseudopodoces humilis), previously Hume's Ground Jay, has changed its placement within the Passeriformes recently because of molecular and osteological testing. It has now been placed into the Paridae.

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