Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Vinous-throated Parrotbill (Sinosuthora webbiana)


French: Paradoxornis de Webb German: Braunkopf-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro de Webb

Suthora Webbiana


, 1852,

Shanghai, Jiangsu, China


Considered conspecific with S. brunnea and, especially, S. alphonsiana by some authors. Where range overlaps with that of latter, the two species are sometimes found in mixed flocks in which occasional hybrids reported; see details under S. alphonsiana. Race suffusa poorly marked, perhaps better united with nominate; elisabethae doubtfully distinct from suffusa (exact SW geographical limits of which unclear), and the single type was a specimen in full moult (colour, which varies considerably with wear, an unsatisfactory character for racial diagnosis). Entire Korean population included in race fulvicauda, but those in extreme N possibly belong with mantschurica. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. w. mantschurica (Taczanowski, 1885) – extreme SE Russia (S Ussuriland) and NE China (E Heilongjiang S to NE Hebei).
  • S. w. fulvicauda (C. W. Campbell, 1892) – E China (W & S Hebei) and Korea.
  • S. w. suffusa (Swinhoe, 1871) – C & SE China (S Gansu, Shaanxi, C & E Sichuan, E Guizhou and Guangxi E to S Shanxi, inland S Jiangsu, W Fujian and Guangdong) and extreme N Vietnam (NW part of E Tonkin).
  • S. w. webbiana (Gould, 1852) – coastal Jiangsu and N Zhejiang, in E China.
  • S. w. elisabethae (La Touche, 1922) – extreme S China (SE Yunnan) and extreme N Vietnam (N part of W Tonkin).
  • S. w. bulomacha (Swinhoe, 1866) – Taiwan.
  • Introduced in Europe#R (Lombardy, in NW Italy).

    Descriptive notes

    11–12·5 cm; male 8·5–11 g, female 7–12 g (suffusa, fulvicauda, mantschurica). A relatively small and long-tailed... read more


    Song (race fulvicauda) can be transcribed as “rit-rit chididi tssú-tss... read more


    Scrub, thickets, secondary growth, forest edges, early successional stages to relatively mature... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds mainly on seeds, flowers, fruits and buds; also insects and their eggs, including locusts (Orthoptera) and caterpillars of geometrid... read more


    Apr–Aug; multi-brooded, often two broods during one season. Monogamous; duties of nest-building, incubation of eggs and rearing of... read more


    Some cold-weather movements recorded for race mantschurica in Changbai Mts, in SE Jilin (... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common and very widespread. Has adapted to a variety of semi-natural and man-modified habitats. Away from natural range, small feral populations... read more

    Recommended citation

    Robson, C. (2020). Vinous-throated Parrotbill (Sinosuthora webbiana). 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 24 February 2020).