Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Fulvous Parrotbill (Suthora fulvifrons)


French: Paradoxornis à front fauve German: Gelbstirn-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro leonado

T[emnoris]. fulvifrons


, 1845,



Birds reported from W Arunachal Pradesh, in NE India, included in nominate, but may belong with race chayulensis. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. f. fulvifrons (Hodgson, 1845) – C Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh).
  • S. f. chayulensis Kinnear, 1940 – NE India (NC Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent S China (SE Xizang).
  • S. f. albifacies Mayr & Birckhead, 1937 – E part of N Myanmar and adjacent S China (SW Sichuan S to extreme SE Xizang and W & NW Yunnan).
  • S. f. cyanophrys David, 1874 – C China (SW Shaanxi S to SC Sichuan).
  • Descriptive notes

    12–12·5 cm; female 7 g (chayulensis). Nominate race has whitish-buff forehead, rich buff forecrown fading to hindcrown, dark greyish-olive lateral crown... read more


    Song (nominate race) a high-pitched “si-tsiiii chúú” or “si-siii j... read more


    Occurs almost exclusively in dense bamboo in or near forest, at 2440–3660 m, mainly above... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on bamboo and birch (Betula) buds, tiny seeds, and insects; ingests some grit. Outside breeding season, at least, found in... read more


    Specimens with active gonads in Jun–Jul in S China (SE Xizang). No other information on wild-living individuals. In captivity, one... read more


    Sedentary, although governed by its dependence on bamboo.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common throughout its relatively restricted and narrow Sino-Himalayan range. Scarce to locally common in Himalayas. Occurs in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Robson, C. (2020). Fulvous Parrotbill (Suthora fulvifrons). 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 February 2020).