Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Spot-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis guttaticollis)


French: Paradoxornis fléché German: Fleckenbrust-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro pechipinto

Paradoxornis guttaticollis


, 1871,

western Sichuan, China


In past, sometimes treated as conspecific with P. flavirostris. Proposed race gongshanensis (W Yunnan, in S China) doubtfully valid. Treated as monotypic.


NE India (Himalayas of extreme E Arunachal Pradesh and hills S of R Brahmaputra), W, N & E Myanmar; N part of NW Thailand (Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park), N Laos, N Vietnam (W & E Tonkin) and C, S & SE China (S Gansu and S Shaanxi S to WC Sichuan and Yunnan, E through Guizhou, N Guangxi and N Guangdong to Fujian, probably also N Hunan#R).

Descriptive notes

18–22 cm; male 28–40 g, female 26·5–35 g. Has rufous crown and nape, very slightly buffier forehead, and rufescent-brown upperparts; lores mostly... read more


Song, from exposed perch, e.g. top of tall grass stem, a loud staccato series of usually 3–7... read more


Grass and scrub, abandoned cultivation, and bamboo. Occurs at 900–2100 m in India, 1050... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects and their larvae, seeds and berries; seeds include those of cultivated millet (Panicum). Forages in small parties;... read more


Apr–Jul. Thought to be strongly territorial during breeding season, at least; sings frequently. Nest a very compact and deep cup-... read more


Sedentary; possibly performs some very local and minor altitudinal movements in China.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very widespread, and generally fairly common in favourable habitat.

Recommended citation

Robson, C. (2020). Spot-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis guttaticollis). 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 23 February 2020).