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 Jay or Mongolian Ground-jay, Podoces hendersoni : Found in China, Kazakhstan, and Russia. The bird is light tan with iridesent 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.
  • Turkestan Ground-jay or Grey Ground Jay, Podoces panderi


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