Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Collared Finchbill (Spizixos semitorques)


French: Bulbul à semi-collier German: Halsbandbülbül Spanish: Bulbul collarejo

Spizixos semitorques


, 1861,

Minhou, Fujian, south-east China


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. semitorques Swinhoe, 1861 – C, S & SE China and N Vietnam (locally W & E Tonkin).
  • S. s. cinereicapillus Swinhoe, 1871 – Taiwan.
  • Descriptive notes

    21–23 cm; 26–31 g (cinereicapillus). Nominate race has head mostly blackish-grey, blackest on forecrown and forehead, with white supraloral spot, white... read more


    Song (in China) a quick, steadily paced sequence of 3–6 trisyllables (first and last notes... read more


    Open woodland, second growth and scrub in montane regions, including brush-covered ravines and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Known to eat both fruit and insects; stomachs of specimens contained a cicada (Cicadidae), “field-bugs” and some berry seeds.... read more


    Mar–Jul; in S China thought to nest relatively late, usually May onwards, and to have protracted breeding season; probably two broods... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally fairly common or even very common, especially in parts of Taiwan and S China. Tolerates highly man-modified environments and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2020). Collared Finchbill (Spizixos semitorques). 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 25 January 2020).