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Vinous-throated Parrotbill - BirdForum Opus

Photo by MongolianGull
Seosan, South Korea, December 2006

Alternative names: Webb's Parrotbill; Webb's Crowtit; Brown Crowtit; Rufous-headed Crowtit

Sinosuthora webbiana

Paradoxornis webbianus


11 - 12.5cm (4.75") One of the smaller parrotbills, overall colour pinkish-brown with a tiny, conical bill. Crown and wings are rufous, grading into greyish-brown. Extensive variation among races: some show faint streaking on the throat and upper breast, others show rufous wing edges. Eye dark, no eye-ring. Bill grey or brown with paler tip, feet pinkish-grey.
Sexes similar. Juveniles are darker and more uniform above.

Similar Species

Similar to Brown-winged Parrotbill and Ashy-throated Parrotbill, both of which are sometimes treated as races of Vinous-throated Parrotbill. The first has a more chestnut crown, and fine, dark chestnut breast streaking; the second has a brownish-grey neck and cheeks.


China, north to southeastern Siberia, south to northeastern Burma and northwestern Vietnam, as well as Korean Peninsula and Taiwan. An introduced population in northern Lombardy, Italy.
Common and widespread.


Six subspecies recognized[1]:

  • S. w. mantschurica in extreme southeast Russia (Ussuriland) and northeast China
  • S. w. fulvicauda in east China and Korea
  • S. w. suffusa in central and southeast China and extreme northern Vietnam
  • S. w. webbiana in coastal east China
  • S. w. elisabethae in extreme south China and north Vietnam
  • S. w. bulomacha in Taiwan

This species was formerly placed in the genus Paradoxornis.


Prefers low scrub and thickets in cultivated lands and forest edges, stays near the ground.


Voice: Flocks emit a fairly continual, high-pitched twittering.

Fairly common in suitable habitat. Forages in flocks of 10-30 individuals, preferring low bushes and dense shrubs. Somewhat shy, but responds well to pishing.

The diet includes insects, small fruits and seeds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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