French: Grand Paradoxornis German: Riesenpapageimeise Spanish: Picoloro grande
Conostama [sic] Œmodius
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.
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
Song a variable repeated loud, clear, full “whip whi-uu”, “uu-chip uu-chip... read more
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
May–Jul in India. Nest typically described as a regular, compact perfectly hemispherical cup, but also as large and rather broad,... read more
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
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