Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Near Threatened

Black-headed Parrotbill (Psittiparus margaritae)


French: Paradoxornis à calotte noire German: Schwarzkappen-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro cabecinegro
Other common names: Black-crowned Parrotbill

Psittiparus margaritae


, 1927,

Di Linh, Annam, Vietnam


Formerly considered conspecific with P. gularis. Monotypic.


E Cambodia (SE Mondulkiri Province) and S Vietnam (S Annam).

Descriptive notes

15·5 cm. Has forehead to nape black, lores and eyering whitish, ear-coverts blackish-mottled grey, upperparts rufous-chestnut; upperwing and tail dark brown, primaries... read more


Song of two types, one of 3–4 notes as “jhu’jhu’jhu” or “jchew... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth, scrub bordering forest, grass and scrub in pine (... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; thought to be similar to that of P. gularis. Typically encountered in fast-moving flocks of 10–40... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Considered to be uncommon to locally fairly common within its restricted range.

Recommended citation

Robson, C. (2020). Black-headed Parrotbill (Psittiparus margaritae). 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 26 February 2020).