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Black-headed Parrotbill - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Vu Pham
Lam Dong province, Vietnam, December 2022

Alternative name: Black-crowned Parrotbill

Psittiparus margaritae


15.5-18.5cm (6-7¼ in). A parrotbill with a distinctive head pattern:

  • White lores, eyering and moustache
  • Forehead to nape all black and a white throat with some dark speckles
  • Grey crown and ear-coverts
  • Rufous-brown above
  • White below, tinged buffy on breast and flanks
  • Orange-yellow deep bill

Sexes similar, juveniles are warmer above, have weaker black on throat and less pure grey crown.

Similar species

Superficially similar to Nepal Fulvetta, but note the completely different bill and the more contrasting plumage of this species.


Found in easter Cambodia and souther Vietnam.


This is a monotypic species[1].
It was formerly considered conspecific with Grey-headed Parrotbill.
Formerly placed in the genus Paradoxornis.


Broadleaf evergreen forest, scrub near forest and secondary growth.



Feeds on vegetable matter including buds, seeds and chestnuts. Also seen taking insects and larvae.


Usually seen in groups of 6 to 8 birds, sometimes much more. Regularly in bird waves. Often high up in treetops, behaving similar to a tit.


No information about breeding.


Resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. 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
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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