- Paradoxornis brunneus
Includes: Rickett's or Yunnan Parrotbill
12 - 13cm.
- Bright chestnut crown to uppermost mantle and head side
- Warm brown upperparts, upperwings and tail
- Vinous throat and upper breast with darker chestnut streaks
- Pale belly, buff-tinged rest of underparts
- White orbital skin
- Brownish-yellow to whitish-yellow bill
Sexes similar. Juveniles have a duller and paler crown and uppermost mantle.
 Similar species
Differs from Vinous-throated Parrotbill by brighter crown which contrasts more with upperparts, plain wings (no chestnut) and darker chestnut streaks on throat and breast.
South China (Yunnan and Sichuan) and north Burma.
Uncommon to fairly common in its restricted range.
Three subspecies accepted:
- P. b. brunneus in east and central Burma and east ot south China (Yunnan)
- P. b. styani in Dali region, Yunnan (China)
- P. b. ricketti from southwest Sichuan to northeast Yunnan
The latter is sometimes accepted as full species, Rickett's or Yunnan Parrotbill.
This species was also sometimes regarded conspecific with Vinous-throated Parrotbill.
It's also sometimes placed in the genus Sinosuthora.
Found in scrub, grass and thickets. Sometimes in open forest or at forest edge. At 1525 - 2375m in Burma, 1830 - 2800m in China.
Feeds on grass and seeds.
Outside breeding season usually seen in pairs or fast-moving groups of up to 35 or more birds.
Breeding season from April to June. The nest is a deep compact cup-shaped structure made of grasses. It's placed up to 60cm above the ground in grass, brambles or rushes. Lays 2 - 4 egggs.
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
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