Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Three-toed Parrotbill (Cholornis paradoxus)


Taxonomy

French: Paradoxornis tridactyle German: Dreizehen-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro tridáctilo
Taxonomy:

Cholornis paradoxa

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

#R, “les montagnes du Thibet chinois”; type specimens from Baoxing, Sichuan, China

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Although taipaiensis was first mooted as a distinct race in 1937, it was not formally described as such until 36 years later#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. paradoxus J. P. Verreaux, 1871 – S Gansu S to SC Sichuan, also Daba Mts (NE Sichuan–SE Shaanxi), in C China.
  • C. p. taipaiensis (Cheng Tsohsin et al., 1973) – Qinling Mts, in S Shaanxi (C China).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 20 cm; 32–38 g. Adult has similar general coloration to Conostoma aemodium; outer toe vestigial. Nominate race has forehead pale ashy grey, crown and nape... read more

    Voice

    Song a clear, rather high, plaintive even “uui u”, “uui uui” or simple “uui” repeated after clear... read more

    Habitat

    Bamboo in or close to mixed broadleaf and coniferous forests, at 1500–3660 m.

    Food and feeding

    No published information on diet. Forages in small flocks of up to 15 individuals during presumed non-breeding season. Can be very... read more

    Breeding

    No information.

    Movements

    Sedentary, but possibly subject to minor local movements in winter. Apparent dependence on bamboo... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Sichuan Mountains EBA. Not well known; rather uncommon. Although this species has a very limited range... read more

    Recommended citation

    Robson, C. (2019). Three-toed Parrotbill (Cholornis paradoxus). 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/59701 on 18 March 2019).