French: Gros-bec migrateur German: Weißhand-Kernbeißer Spanish: Picogordo chino
Other common names:
Eophona melanura migratoria
E. J. O. Hartert
Sidemi River, southern Ussuriland, Russia
Subspecies and Distribution
E. m. migratoria
E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 – E Siberia and Russian Far East (E Transbaikalia, middle Amurland and S Ussuriland), NE China (Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang) and Korea; migrates to S Japan (S Honshu and Kyushu), E China (Guangxi E to Fujian) and Taiwan, rarely further S.
E. m. sowerbyi
Riley, 1915 – C & EC China (W Sichuan and Hubei E to Shanghai); migrates to Yunnan.
15–18 cm; 40–57 g (China). Medium-large, large-billed grosbeak with long forked tail. Male nominate race has head to upper nape, chin and throat black, bordered... read more
Song is a loud series of whistles, transcribed as "chee chee choree kirichoo", similar to... read more
Inhabits edges and clearings in lowland mixed or deciduous forests, mostly of oak (Quercus... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of various trees and shrubs, also some fruit, including berries; also insects. Nestlings fed mostly with insects and larvae. Forages... read more
Season May–Jul. Nest a small, compact cup of dry grass, plant fibres, roots and strips of bark intertwined with dense foliage, placed... read more
Migratory. Nominate race migrates between S and SSW to winter quarters in S China and Taiwan, also... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to scarce or irregular. Has bred in SC Japan (Kyushu); recently (2003) bred in Hong Kong; presumed to have bred in... read more
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