French: Verdier d’Oustalet German: Schwarzkopf-Grünfink Spanish: Verderón cabecinegro
Yun Chou, near Mienning, Yunnan, China
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.
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
Song a long, drawn-out wheezing "wheeeeeeuu, wheeeeeeuu", repeated at regular intervals,... read more
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
Little known. Season Jul–Oct. Nest a neat cup placed on tree branch, usually in pine (Pinus). Clutch 3–4 eggs, pale... read more
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
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