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Taiwan endemic P. owstoni
Photo © by Mark Bruce
Hehuanshan, Taiwan, September 2006
Pyrrhula owstoni


Male lacks orange tones on underparts, being soft lavender-grey from lower throat to belly and vent, occasionally tinted light pink or buffish-brown on breast; flanks to undertail-coverts white; also shows black patch on outer median coverts. Flight feathers and tail very glossy bluish-black, and outer web of inner tertial bright red; has very faint band surrounding black face. Female is more gingery-brown on underparts and deeper grey on crown and nape, with outer web of inner tertial bright yellow.


Mountains of Taiwan.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Two subspecies are recognized[1].





  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/

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