Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)


Black-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis flavirostris)


French: Paradoxornis de Gould German: Schwarzkehl-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro pechinegro

Paradoxornis flavirostris


, 1836,

probably Nepal [north West Bengal, India, later considered more likely]


Formerly treated as conspecific with P. guttaticollis by some authors, but is morphometrically quite distinct and differs in vocalizations and, especially, in habitat requirements; ranges overlap (or formerly did) in parts of NE India, but the two are ecologically separated. Monotypic.


R Brahmaputra floodplains and foothills in NE Assam and immediately adjacent areas of Arunachal Pradesh, in NE India. Recently recorded in NW Assam (Manas National Park)#R. Contrary to some published reports, not present on Mt Victoria (W Myanmar).

Descriptive notes

19·5–21 cm. Has forehead to nape chestnut-brown, lores and ear-coverts blackish with variable white mottling below eye, neck side (area behind ear-coverts) chestnut;... read more


Song, given often from any exposed perch (e.g. tall reed stem), of 4–7 clear, quite high... read more


Tall mixed grassland, including ekra (Erianthus ravaneae) and wild sugar cane (... read more

Food and feeding

Diet consists of a mixture of small invertebrates and seeds. Various insects, including earwigs (Dermaptera) and beetles (Coleoptera), and... read more


Mar–Jul. Nest a very neat, compact deep (rarely shallow) cup constructed from fine strips/shreds of bark or coarse grasses and bamboo... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Assam Plains EBA. Rare to uncommon, and local. Formerly more widespread, and once occurred also from NE Bangladesh E to... read more

Recommended citation

Robson, C. & de Juana, E. (2020). Black-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis flavirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 February 2020).