Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Spot-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis guttaticollis)


Taxonomy

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

Paradoxornis guttaticollis

David

, 1871,

western Sichuan, China

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59706 on 16 February 2019).