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Tibetan Ground-Tit

Kingdom: Animalia    Phylum: Chordata   Class: Aves (Birds)    Order: Passeriformes    Family: Paridae

Tibetan Ground-Tit (Pseudopodoces humilis), earlier known as Tibetan Ground-Jay or Hume's Groundpecker, is a local resident in upper reaches of northern Himalayas in India, Nepal and Tibet.

Size: 19 cm   Weight: 45 gm   Food: insects and beetles   Local name: Day-day (Tibetan)

Taxonomy: The Tibetan Ground-Tit is a small passerine bird that was long classified as a Ground-Jay species belonging to the Corvidae family. However, recent studies of comparative osteology, nuclear c-myc gene and the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene, point to this species as belonging to Paridae. The study further suggests that the Great Tit (Parus major) is probably its closest relative.

Habitat: The Tibetan Ground-Tit has adapted itself for the rocky, high-altitude, treeless habitat (4000 - 5000 m), with features like grey sandy-brown plumage, a long, decurved bill for probing among rocks and long legs for feeding and moving on the ground.

Breeding: Season May to June; eggs white 4-6; nests on ground in a cavity or burrow.

Anseriformes Apodiformes Bucerotiformes Caprimulgiformes Charadriiformes Ciconiiformes Columbiformes Coraciiformes Cuculiformes
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