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July 3, 2016 – Henderson’s Ground-jay, Mongolian Ground-jay, Black-tailed Ground-jay, Henderson’s Ground-chough, or Mongolian Desert Jay (Podoces hendersoni)

These jays are found in desert and semi-desert areas of Russia, Mongolia, and China. They are omnivorous, eating mostly insects, and sometimes small lizards, during the breeding season. Although they can fly, they seem to prefer to stay near the ground. Their long legs are well adapted to running and jumping. Little is known about their breeding habits, though they probably lay their eggs in March and April.

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