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Rufous-headed Parrotbill - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill; (Greater) Red-headed Parrotbill; Red-headed Crowtit

Psittiparus bakeri
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19 - 19.5cm. A large parrotbill with a long bill.

  • Round, bright rufous head
  • Dark bluish orbital skin around eye
  • Plain olive-brown above with rufescent wings
  • Buffy below

Sexes similar. Juveniles have paler crown and head-sides and are more rufescent-brown above.

Similar species

Similar to Black-browed Parrotbill, but note missing black brow, rounder head and larger, longer bill. Spot-breasted Parrotbill has black ear-coverts, juvenile White-hooded Babbler a much thinner bill.


From northeast India, extreme northeast Bangladesh, Burma, south China (Yunnan) to Laos and Vietnam.
Generally uncommon in its range.


Two subspecies accepted:

  • P. r. bakeri from southeast Arunachal Pradesh and extreme northeast Bangladesh to Burma and adjacent China (Yunnan)
  • P. r. magnirostris in north Laos and north Vietnam

Formerly considered conspecific with White-breasted Parrotbill.


Bamboo in or near broadleaf evergreen forest and forest edge. Found at 500 - 1930m.


Feeds on insects and seeds, takes also berries.
Usually seen in pairs or small groups of 4 to 6 birds, often with White-hooded Babbler and Collared Babbler in bird waves.
Breeding season from April to October in India. The nest is a compact cup made of grass strips and cobwebs. It's placed 1 - 2m above the ground in a sapling, among reeds or bamboo. Lays 2 - 4 eggs.
Resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. 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
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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