Pseudopodoces humilis Hume, 1871, Sinkiang. Probably monotypic.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Little ground-jay, Tibetan ground-jay, Hume’s groundpecker; French: Podoce de Hume; German: Hцhlenhдher; Spanish: Arrandejo Terrestre de Hume.
7.4 in (19 cm); 1.47–1.61 oz (42–46 g). The soft, slightly fluffy body plumage is dull brownish above and off-white below. Wings are darker brown and the tail is white with dark brown central feathers. The black bill is short, thin, and distinctly curved. Legs and feet also are black.
Tibetan Plateau of China, Nepal, and India.
Grassy, boulder-strewn mountain slopes.
Hops and perches between boulders, flicking wings and tail on landing.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Probes on ground using long bill in search of invertebrates.
Digs long tunnel in bank, wall or building to build grass and moss nest at end. Lays four to six eggs May through June. Incubation and fledging periods unknown.
Not threatened; common.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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