Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Yunnan Parrotbill (Sinosuthora ricketti)


French: Paradoxornis de Rickett German: Yunnanpapageimeise Spanish: Picoloro de Yunnan

Paradoxornis webbiana ricketti


, 1922,

Yangtze Valley, north-western Yunnan


Until recently considered conspecific with S. brunnea, but differs genetically#R and in its creamy-white vs blackish iris (3); black eyering with whitish area immediately around it (2); paler head sides than crown, giving capped appearance (ns[1]); long narrow brown streaks on greyish-white chin to lower breast vs on pinkish-buff throat with plainer pinkish-buff breast (1); marginally paler belly (ns); darker chestnut crown to mantle, although this not apparent on all specimens (ns); more rasping calls (allow 1)#R. Monotypic.

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SW Sichuan (from Yalong Jiang) SW to NW Yunnan (to Lijiang Range and area E of L Er Hai), in S China.

Descriptive notes

c. 12–13 cm. Adult has dark chestnut crown to uppermost mantle (sometimes faint greyish hindcollar present), somewhat paler sides of head, contrasting warm brown upperparts;... read more


Little published information. Twittering sounds and rasping calls heard; alarm call a repeated fast... read more


Scrub and grass areas, also thickets, and sometimes at forest edges or within open areas of forest... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Feeds on insects and grass seeds. Forages in small groups (up to 15 individuals recorded together) outside breeding... read more


Limited information. One nest found in mid Jun, made from grasses and sparsely lined with finer darker fibres (perhaps horsehair or grass... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common. The population size of this poorly known species has not been assessed; further, it is difficult to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Yunnan Parrotbill (Sinosuthora ricketti). 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 18 February 2020).