The Indian desert jird (Meriones hurrianae) is a diurnal rodent found mainly in the Thar Desert in India. Close relateives of gerbils, the jirds are gregarious and their burrows are seen close by. Each jird will have at least two or more entrances to his burrow complex. Often the entrance is in the shade of a tree or near the trunk of bushes. They feed on seeds, roots, nuts, grasses and insects.