Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)


Grey-hooded Parrotbill (Sinosuthora zappeyi)


French: Paradoxornis de Zappey German: Grauhauben-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro encapuchado

Suthora zappeyi

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Robson, C. (2020). Grey-hooded Parrotbill (Sinosuthora zappeyi). 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 18 February 2020).