French: Gros-bec masqué German: Maskenkernbeißer Spanish: Picogordo japonés
Temminck and Schlegel, 1845,
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. p. magnirostris
E. J. O. Hartert, 1896 – Russian Far East (E Amurland and Ussuriland), Sakhalin, NE China (N & E Heilongjiang and E Jilin) and, possibly, N Korea; winters in S China (Fujian W to Guizhou, rarely to Yunnan); recorded in Laos#R and Vietnam#R.
E. p. personata
(Temminck & Schlegel, 1845) – Japan; Hokkaido and N Honshu populations winter S to S Japan.
18–23 cm; male 65–99 g. Large and large-billed grosbeak with long forked tail. Male nominate race has forehead to upper nape, side of crown, cheek and chin black... read more
Song, from mid-Mar to end Jul/early Aug, a series of 4–5 short fluty rising and falling... read more
Mixed and deciduous forests and woodlands, including birch (Betula) and oak (Quercus... read more
Food and feeding
Variety of seeds and fruit, including those of cedar, pine (Pinus) and birch, also berries; also insects, including beetles (... read more
Poorly known. Season May–Jul. Nest is described as a large, deep cup made from sticks and twigs, broad grass blades and stems, lined... read more
Resident and migratory. Race magnirostris migrates S & SW during Sept–Nov,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or locally common; occasionally abundant. Widely trapped in China, often in large numbers, for the cagebird trade; no information on any... read more
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