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Photo © by Don Gato
Doi Lang, Thailand, December 2007
Spizixos canifrons


22 cm

  • Olive green
  • Black crest
  • Grey forehead
  • Black throat
  • Black green tail
  • Pale yellow bill
  • Sexes alike

Juvenile - browner head and throat

Unmistakeable, with the heavy, yellowish bill, grey head, and crest.


Asia: found in China, Tibet, India and Bangladesh
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand

Quite common on Doi An Khang, Northern Thailand.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • S. c. canifrons:
  • Southern Assam (south of the Brahmaputra) to hills of western Burma
  • S. c. ingrami:


Bird of forests edge and secondary growth, above 1,200 m.



The diet includes seeds, fruit and insects.


It builds a cup shaped nest from vine tendrils.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikidpedia
  4. Answers.com

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