French: Paradoxornis à tête grise German: Graukopf-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro cabecigrís
G. R. Gray, 1845,
no locality = Bhutan.
Formerly considered conspecific with P. margaritae. Six subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. g. gularis
(G. R. Gray, 1845) – Himalayas and foothills from N India (Sikkim and extreme N West Bengal) E through Bhutan to W Arunachal Pradesh (NE India).
P. g. transfluvialis
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1900) – C & E Arunachal Pradesh (E from Dafla Hills), S through hills of NE India (except Meghalaya) to Mizoram and Manipur, and E to W (N Chin Hills), N & E Myanmar, extreme S China (W & NW Yunnan) and NW Thailand.
P. g. rasus
Stresemann, 1940 – S Chin Hills (Mt Victoria), in W Myanmar.
P. g. laotianus
Delacour, 1926 – extreme E Myanmar (E of R Salween), S China (S Yunnan, SW Guangxi), E part of NW Thailand (Khun Tan Range etc.), Laos and Vietnam (W & E Tonkin, N & C Annam).
P. g. fokiensis
(David, 1874) – C & E China from SC & SE Sichuan E to N Jiangxi, SE Anhui and Zhejiang, S to Guangxi and Guangdong.
P. g. hainanus
Rothschild, 1903 – Hainan, in S China.
15·5–18·5 cm; male 27–30 g, female 30·5–34 g, male to 37 g and female to 35 g (fokiensis), female 26–28 g (hainanus). Nominate race... read more
Song of races transfluvialis and laotianus of two types, one a clear loud, quite... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth, scrub bordering forest, also bamboo, grass and scrub... read more
Food and feeding
Vegetable matter, including chestnuts, buds, seeds; also insects and their larvae. Found in parties mostly of 6–8 individuals,... read more
Feb–Jul. Nest a beautiful, very neat, compact cup-shaped structure, sometimes with broad, bulging sides, made from grasses, strips of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Very widespread, but generally uncommon to fairly common throughout much of its range.
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