Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Green Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius xanthochlorus)


French: Allotrie verte German: Grünwürgervireo Spanish: Vireo alcaudón verde

Pteruthius xanthochlorus

J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray

, 1847,



All four races proposed as phylogenetic species#R, but incongruence between molecular and morphological evidence militates against revision of species limits under the biological species concept#R without further research. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. x. occidentalis Harington, 1913 – W Himalayas from NE Pakistan E to W Nepal.
  • P. x. xanthochlorus J. E. Gray & G. R. Gray, 1847 – Black-crowned Shrike-babbler – C Nepal E to Bhutan, NE India (C Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent S China (SE Xizang).
  • P. x. hybrida Harington, 1913 – NE India (Nagaland S to Mizoram) and W Myanmar.
  • P. x. pallidus (David, 1871) – Eye-ringed Shrike-babbler – N Myanmar, and SC & SE China from SE Gansu and S Shaanxi S to SW Sichuan, Yunnan (except S), and S Guizhou E to S Zhejiang and N Fujian.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm; 14–15 g. Small shrike-babbler with relatively small bill, greyish head, olive upperparts, whitish-grey throat and breast and pale yellow belly. Male... read more


    Song a monotonous, fairly high-pitched series, repeated every 2–8 seconds, variable, a fairly... read more


    Temperate broadleaf and conifer forest, e.g. oak and mixed oak-rhododendron forest, mixed broadleaf... read more

    Food and feeding

    Ants (Formicidae), beetles (Coleoptera) and other insects; also berries and seeds. Found singly, in pairs or in small groups of up to four... read more


    Apr–Aug throughout range. Nest a flimsy, deep purse or cradle, made of fine root fibres and hair-like lichen or moss, bound together... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare and very local in Pakistan, including Palas Valley, in North-West Frontier Province. Uncommon to locally common in NW Indian Himalayas SE to W... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Green Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius xanthochlorus). 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 21 March 2019).