French: Mésangeai du Sichuan German: Sichuanhäher Spanish: Arrendajo de Sichuan
Thayer and Bangs
Shuowlow, west Sichuan, China
C China from extreme SW Gansu S along borders of NW Sichuan (Min Shan Range), also extreme SE Qinghai and extreme NE & E Xizang.
30 cm; 92–123 g. A relatively small and quite long-tailed sooty-grey jay, with a small but often surprisingly conspicuous, pale bill. Similar in proportions to P.... read more
Two types of call recorded, both given by foraging birds, but neither seems to be far-carying and... read more
Dense coniferous forests on slopes of mountain valleys and on high plateaux, between 2800 m and... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous; diet includes seeds, berries, insects and other invertebrates; said also to take carrion. Forages in pairs or family groups... read more
Breeds Mar–May; nest construction begins Mar, incubation (probably wholly by female) from late Mar until mid-Apr, when eggs hatch,... read more
Presumed sedentary. In some regions not regularly seen during spring and summer, but this possibly... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in West Sichuan Mountains EBA. Probably overlooked owing to its shy and unobtrusive habits, but clearly rare, with small,... read more
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