French: Paradoxornis de David German: Kurzschwanz-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro de David
Guadun, north Fujian, China
Subspecies and Distribution
N. d. thompsoni
(Bingham, 1903) – S part of E Myanmar, NW & extreme N Laos, extreme NW Vietnam (extreme NW Tonkin) and SE part of NW & adjacent NE Thailand.
N. d. tonkinensis
(Delacour, 1927) – NE & NC Laos and adjacent NC Vietnam (N Annam and E Tonkin).
N. d. davidiana
(Slater, 1897) – S Hunan and N Guangdong, and also Zhejiang and N Fujian, in E China.
9·5–10 cm; 8·5 g (S Hunan, in China). A tiny short-tailed parrotbill with jizz like that of a munia (Lonchura), and with very deep-based pale bill. Nominate... read more
Song a very thin, high-pitched, rapid ascending series of 6–9 notes, “ih’ih’ih’ih’ih’ih” or “... read more
Bamboo, grass, edge of broadleaf evergreen forest. Found at 50–1200 m in SE Asia; 110–... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on small larvae and vegetable matter. Found in fast-moving hyperactive flocks, sometimes quite large outside breeding season; often... read more
Mar–Apr in Vietnam. Nest a cup-shaped structure made of green moss, grasses, cobwebs, and slender bamboo leaves etc., lined with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Local status varies considerably, presumably depending on precise suitability of habitat. Locally common at certain Vietnamese and Chinese sites, but... read more
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