Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Ground Tit (Pseudopodoces humilis) - HBW 12, p. 746

French: Mésange de Hume German: Tibetmeise Spanish: Carbonero Terrestre
Other common names: Groundpecker, Hume’s Groundpecker/Ground Chough/Ground Jay, Brown Ground Chough, Tibetan Ground Jay

Taxonomy: Podoces humilis Hume, 1871, Sanju Pass, Xinjiang, north-west China.
Until recently placed with the crows in family Corvidae, often in the ground-jay genus Podoces; osteological, morphological and vocal characters, however, indicate that it belongs in present family, a treatment supported by mitochondrial DNA evidence. E birds sometimes separated as race saxicola. Monotypic.

Distribution: SW & C China (SW Xinjiang and S & E Qinghai-Xizang Plateau E to Ningxia and Gansu, S to S & SE Xizang, NE Yunnan and W Sichuan), also SE Ladakh, N Nepal and Sikkim.

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