Jay InformationPhotos of Different Jay Species for Identification


The ground jays or ground choughs inhabit high-altitude semi-desert areas from central Asia to Mongolia.


Species list

    • Henderson’s Ground Jays or Mongolian Ground-jay, Podoces hendersoni: Found in China, Kazakhstan, and Russia. The bird is light tan with iridescent blue on its primary feathers. It has a long, curved beak and a black stripe on its forehead.


    • Biddulph’s Ground Jay or Xinjiang Ground-jay, Podoces biddulphi : Endemic to China. The continued existence of this species is threatened by habitat destruction.


    • Persian Ground Jay, Podoces pleskei: Endemic to Iran.



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