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Short-tailed Parrotbill

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Alternative names: David's Parrotbill; David's Crowtit

Nominate subspeciesPhoto by DawsyTianmu mountain, Zhejiang province, China, April 2017
Nominate subspecies
Photo by Dawsy
Tianmu mountain, Zhejiang province, China, April 2017
Neosuthora davidiana

Neosuthora davidianus
Paradoxornis davidianus

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[edit] Identification

Subspecies thompsoniPhoto by robby thai Phu Suan Sai NP, Thailand, April 2017
Subspecies thompsoni
Photo by robby thai
Phu Suan Sai NP, Thailand, April 2017

9.5 - 10cm (3¾-4 in). A small parrotbill with a very short tail, recalling a Munia in jizz.

  • Pale, very deep-based bill
  • Rufous or rufous-chestnut head (with dark lores )
  • Upperparts greyish and brown
  • Black centre of throat with broad greyish-white tip on lower throat
  • Greyish-white upper breast, grading to greyish-buff in flanks
  • Rich buff lower flanks and vent

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.

[edit] Distribution

Found in east China (Fujian and Zhejiang), Burma, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
Locally common in certain areas, but scarce in others.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species was formerly placed in the genus Paradoxornis.

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies accepted[1]:

  • N. d. thompsoni in east Burma, northwest and north Laos, extreme northwest Vietnam and north Thailand
  • N. d. tonkinensis in northeast and nortcentral Laos and adjacent northcentral Vietnam
  • N. d. davidiana in east China (Zhejiang and Fujian)

[edit] Habitat

Bamboo, edge of broadleaf evergreen forest and grass. At 110 - 1250m in China, 50 - 1200m in southeast Asia.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on small larvae and vegetable matter.
Usually seen in hyperactive, fast-moving groups, often in bird waves with other species like Grey-cheeked Fulvetta.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from March to April in Vietnam. The nest is a cup-shaped structure made of green moss, grasses and slender bamboo leaves. It's placed around 1m above the ground in dwarf bamboo. No other information.

[edit] Movements

Resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553453

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