Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Great Parrotbill (Conostoma aemodium)


Taxonomy

French: Grand Paradoxornis German: Riesenpapageimeise Spanish: Picoloro grande
Taxonomy:

Conostama [sic] Œmodius

[sic] Hodgson

, 1841,

northern Nepal

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Himalayas from N India (E Uttarakhand) E to Bhutan, adjacent areas of S Xizang (S China), SW Shaanxi and S Gansu S to Sichuan and N Yunnan and E part of N Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

27·5–28·5 cm; c. 88–110g. Adult is much larger than other parrotbills, and relatively long-billed. Forehead is greyish-white, fading onto crown;... read more

Voice

Song a variable repeated loud, clear, full “whip whi-uu”, “uu-chip uu-chip... read more

Habitat

Open broadleaf evergreen forest, bamboo, and scrub, including rhododendron (Rhododendron... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on green bamboo shoots, crab apple (Malus) seeds, wild raspberries (Rubus) and insects. Once observed to catch and... read more

Breeding

May–Jul in India. Nest typically described as a regular, compact perfectly hemispherical cup, but also as large and rather broad,... read more

Movements

Sedentary, but evidently subject to some minor local movements in winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally rather scarce throughout its relatively restricted Sino-Himalayan range, although locally not uncommon, particularly in China, e.g. Emei... read more

Recommended citation

Robson, C. (2019). Great Parrotbill (Conostoma aemodium). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59700 on 24 February 2019).