Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Collared Grosbeak (Mycerobas affinis)


French: Gros-bec voisin German: Gelbschenkel-Kernbeißer Spanish: Picogordo acollarado

Hesperiphona affinis


, 1855,

[probably] alpine Punjab, north India




Himalayas from NW India (W Himachal Pradesh) E to N Myanmar, and C & S China (SW Gansu S to SE Xizang, W Sichuan and NE Yunnan); occasional migrant S to NW Thailand.

Descriptive notes

22–24 cm; male 69–72 g, one female 83 g. Large grosbeak with large head, massive bill and short, notched tail. Male has entire head to upper nape, upper side of... read more


Song a clear, loud and rising musical or piping whistle of 5–7 notes, "ti-di-li-ti-di-li... read more


Breeds in lower montane and submontane mixed deciduous and conifer forests, mostly consisting of... read more

Food and feeding

Variety of seeds, including those of pine (Pinus), also buds, shoots and fruit, including crab apples (Malus) and nuts;... read more


Poorly known. Season late Mar to Jul. Displaying pairs follow each other through forest undergrowth while calling loudly. Nest a flat cup... read more


Dispersive and altitudinal migrant. In post-breeding period wanders or disperses over long... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Varies from locally common to uncommon or scarce.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Collared Grosbeak (Mycerobas affinis). 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 19 February 2020).