French: Léiothrix jaune German: Rotschnabel-Sonnenvogel Spanish: Leiótrix piquirrojo
mountains of Anhui, China
Subspecies and Distribution
L. l. kumaiensis
Whistler, 1943 – NW Himalayas from NE Pakistan E to N India (Uttarakhand).
L. l. calipyga
(Hodgson, 1837) – Nepal E to Bhutan, NE Indian hill states, S China (SE Xizang), and extreme NW Myanmar (possibly S to N Chin Hills).
L. l. yunnanensis
Rothschild, 1921 – NE Myanmar and S China (W & NW Yunnan).
L. l. lutea
(Scopoli, 1786) – SC & E China (C Sichuan, S Gansu and S Shaanxi E to C Anhui, S Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian, S to Guizhou and N Guangxi).
L. l. kwangtungensis
Stresemann, 1923 – S & SE China (SE Yunnan E to C Guangxi, S Hunan and Guangdong) and N Vietnam (W & E Tonkin).
14–15 cm; 18–28 g. Small olive-grey babbler with forked tail, red bill, yellow throat, orange-yellow breast, and red to yellow wing markings. Male nominate race... read more
Song long and complex, a rather rapid, fluty warble of up to 15 notes, variable in structure, to... read more
Thick undergrowth in more open broadleaf evergreen, pine and mixed forests, forest edge, secondary... read more
Food and feeding
Insects; also berries and seeds, including those of grass and Rhus. In Hong Kong study, Aug–May, 58% of 55 faecal samples... read more
Apr–Oct generally, and song mid-May to Aug in Bhutan; in Japan (introduced) season extends from late Apr to early Oct; multi-brooded... read more
Resident. Reported seasonal altitudinal displacements in Bhutan and elsewhere in Himalayas (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Very scarce, perhaps only vagrant, in Pakistan. Fairly common in Nepal. Common throughout temperate zone in Bhutan, where present in... read more
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