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