Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Spot-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas melanozanthos)


French: Gros-bec à ailes tachetées German: Fleckenkernbeißer Spanish: Picogordo alimoteado

Coccothraustes melanozanthos


, 1836,





NE Pakistan (Murree Hills) E in Himalayas to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, E & S Assam and Nagaland), S China (SE Xizang, W Sichuan and NW & W Yunnan), W, N & NE Myanmar, NW Thailand, N Laos and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

22–23 cm; 50–74 g. Large grosbeak with large head, massive bill and short, notched tail. Male has entire head to central upper breast and upperparts slate-black... read more


Song a loud, 3-note melodious whistle, "tew-tew teeeu", sometimes "tyiuu, tyiuu... read more


Breeds in lower montane and submontane mixed and evergreen forests, mostly of fir (Abies)... read more

Food and feeding

Diet consists of seeds and berries, including those of cherry (Prunus) and Myrica, (fruit pulp of which it discards,... read more


Poorly known. Season May–Jul. Nest (only one described) a woven platform of fir twigs supporting cup of plant fibres, roots, fern... read more


Poorly known; probably a nomadic altitudinal migrant. Those breeding in Murree Hills (Pakistan)... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Local, and uncommon to scarce. Scarce in N Pakistan, breeding only erratically in Murree Hills, occasionally N into Galis. Uncommon in S China.... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Spot-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas melanozanthos). 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 17 February 2020).