Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Black-headed Greenfinch (Chloris ambigua)


Taxonomy

French: Verdier d’Oustalet German: Schwarzkopf-Grünfink Spanish: Verderón cabecinegro
Taxonomy:

Chrysomitris ambigua

Oustalet

, 1896,

Yun Chou, near Mienning, Yunnan, China

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Has been treated as conspecific with C. spinoides and C. monguilloti. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. taylori (Kinnear, 1939) – S China (SE Xizang) and extreme NE India (NE Arunachal Pradesh)#R#R.
  • C. a. ambigua (Oustalet, 1896) – S China (W & S Sichuan, W & SE Yunnan, W Guizhou), NE & E Myanmar, N Laos and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin); non-breeding NW Thailand.
  • Descriptive notes

    12·5–14 cm. Medium-sized, dark-headed finch with pale conical bill, bright yellow wing-flash and notched tail. Male nominate race has forehead to hindcrown,... read more

    Voice

    Song a long, drawn-out wheezing "wheeeeeeuu, wheeeeeeuu", repeated at regular intervals,... read more

    Habitat

    Montane and submontane open conifer and deciduous woodlands and forest, also forest edges,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly a variety of seeds. Forages in bushes, in low vegetation and on ground. In pairs and in small family groups; in non-breeding season... read more

    Breeding

    Little known. Season Jul–Oct. Nest a neat cup placed on tree branch, usually in pine (Pinus). Clutch 3–4 eggs, pale... read more

    Movements

    Resident and partial migrant. Those breeding at high altitudes move to lower levels within range;... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common in most of range; scarce in N Laos. Status in NE India uncertain; presumed to be a non-breeding visitor from adjacent higher areas of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2018). Black-headed Greenfinch (Chloris ambigua). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61338 on 21 October 2018).