Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Golden Parrotbill (Suthora verreauxi)


French: Paradoxornis de Verreaux German: Goldstirn-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro dorado

Suthora verreauxi


, 1883,

“le Thibet oriental”; type specimen from Baoxing, Sichuan, China


Has in the past been treated as conspecific with S. nipalensis. In China, birds from Ailao Shan (C Yunnan) of uncertain racial identity, currently included in craddocki; specimens from Guizhou sometimes assigned to race pallida, but this seems unlikely from geographical point of view. Initially described as Suthora gularis, but that name preoccupied. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. v. verreauxi Sharpe, 1883 – C China (NC to SC Sichuan, and SE Shaanxi S to SW Hubei).
  • S. v. craddocki Bingham, 1903 – extreme E Myanmar (E of R Salween) E to N Laos and extreme N Vietnam (W Tonkin, NW part of E Tonkin), and S China disjunctly in C Yunnan (Ailao Shan), E Guangxi (Yao Shan), S Hunan and N Guangdong.
  • S. v. pallida La Touche, 1922 – N Fujian, in E China.
  • S. v. morrisoniana Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 – Taiwan.
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5 cm; 5–7 g. Nominate race has rich rufous-brown crown and nape, area round eye heavily marked black on whitish ground, loral area greyish, cheek and... read more


    Song of nominate race “chúúr-díí”, shorter and weaker than... read more


    Bamboo, edge of broadleaf evergreen forest; Arundinaria bamboo in hemlock (Tsuga... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on tiny larvae, small beetles (Coleoptera), and seeds. Found in pairs or in small parties of up to ten individuals; often associates... read more


    Following details apply to Taiwan race morrisoniana. Breeds in Jul. Nest built by both sexes, reported as a rough egg-shaped... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, and generally not uncommon in suitable habitat, throughout its range. Locally common in China; uncommon to locally common within its... read more

    Recommended citation

    Robson, C. (2020). Golden Parrotbill (Suthora verreauxi). 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 26 February 2020).