Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Great Parrotbill (Conostoma aemodium)


French: Grand Paradoxornis German: Riesenpapageimeise Spanish: Picoloro grande

Conostama [sic] Œmodius

[sic] Hodgson

, 1841,

northern Nepal




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


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

Recommended citation

Robson, C. (2020). 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 on 25 February 2020).