French: Paradoxornis de Zappey German: Grauhauben-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro encapuchado
Thayer and Bangs, 1912,
Wa-shan, near Hanyuan, Sichuan, China.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. z. erlangshanica
(Cheng Tsohsin et al., 1983) – Erlang Shan, in SC Sichuan (China).
S. z. zappeyi
(Thayer & Bangs, 1912) – SC Sichuan (excluding Erlang Shan) and NW Guizhou, in SC China.
12·5 cm; male 10 g, female 9 g. Distinctive parrotbill, with bushy crest reaching its peak above the eye. Nominate race has forehead to uppermost mantle mid-grey (... read more
Song a thin, high, piercing “ss-ss-su-si”. Only calls recorded are harsh, abrupt,... read more
Bamboo and bushes, including rhododendron (Rhododendron), in open mountain-top conifer... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), and their pupae, also seeds; bamboo seeds may be important in diet. Found in small parties of up... read more
May–Jun. Nest a relatively large, untidy, very deep cup-shaped structure made mainly of moss, lined with fine grasses, fine roots,... read more
May undertake minor altitudinal movements coinciding with hard weather or bamboo die-off.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Central Sichuan Mountains EBA. Locally common. Has so far been recorded from only nine places. Although considered to have a... read more
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