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Photo by paux
Tangjiahe Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China, May 2015
Emberiza siemsseni

Latoucheornis siemsseni


13 cm (5 in); tail has narrow base broader at the end

  • Overall slaty-grey plumage
  • White vent area

Female has a chestnut head and neck.


Mountains of central China (southern Shaanxi, south-eastern Gansu and north-eastern Sichuan).


Photo by paux
Tangjiahe Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China, May 2015

This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly placed in genus Latoucheornis.


Montane valley forests, generally between 1500 m and 2100 m.



There is little information available; but certainly in the breeding season they are known to eat small invertebrates such as beetles.


Female and 2 young

Recording by china guy, Sichuan, China, August 2011


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)

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