French: Gros-bec à ailes tachetées German: Fleckenkernbeißer Spanish: Picogordo alimoteado
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).
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", falling in pitch... 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
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