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Three-toed Parrotbill - BirdForum Opus

Photo by china guy
Sichuan, China

Alternative name: Three-toed Crowtit

Cholornis paradoxus


20cm. Similar but much smaller than Great Parrotbill:

  • Pale ashy grey forehead
  • Darker and tinged brown crown and nape
  • Ashy brown upperparts and upperwing-coverts
  • Blackish-brown lores continues as long supercilium
  • Prominent white eyering
  • Underparts ashy grey in centre

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


Endemic to China where found from Gansu south to Sichuan and Shaanxi.
Uncommon restricted-range species.


Two subspecies recognized:

  • C. p. paradoxus from south Gansu to Sichuan
  • C. p. taipaiensis in the Qinling Mountains in Shaanxi

Together with Brown Parrotbill this species is sometimes placed in the genus Hemirhynchus or Paradoxornis.


Bamboo in temperate forests at 1500 - 3660m.


No information about diet. Forages in small groups of up to 15 birds and can be very confiding. No information about breeding. Resident species. Some food-related movements possible.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  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

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