Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)


Rusty-throated Parrotbill (Sinosuthora przewalskii)


French: Paradoxornis de Przewalski German: Przewalskipapageimeise Spanish: Picoloro de Przewalski
Other common names: Przevalski's Parrotbill

Suthora Przewalskii

Berezowski and Bianchi

, 1891,

Hsiku and Minchow districts [presumably = Zhugqu and Min Xian Counties], southern Gansu, China




S Gansu and extreme N Sichuan, in C China.

Descriptive notes

13–14·5 cm. Highly distinctive parrotbill, with long and strongly graduated tail and some unique plumage characters. Has crown to uppermost mantle ash-grey, merging on... read more


Calls include rather harsh, spluttering, rolling “chrr-rr-rr-rr” and “chrr-rr-rr-rr-rr-rr”, sharp,... read more


Bamboo and “tussocks” in open larch (Larix) and other coniferous forest, including fir (... read more

Food and feeding

Reported as feeding mainly on insects. Typically, travels in pairs, family parties or, outside breeding season, small hyperactive flocks of... read more


A nest found in Jun 2013 had 3 recently hatched nestlings; nest constructed from dry grass and bamboo leaves, decorated with green moss,... read more


No documented movements, but strong anecdotal evidence suggests that it may be forced to move... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Central Sichuan Mountains EBA. Exceptionally poorly known species; virtually no information available on population. Although... read more

Recommended citation

Robson, C. & de Juana, E. (2020). Rusty-throated Parrotbill (Sinosuthora przewalskii). 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 19 February 2020).