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White-collared Yuhina - BirdForum Opus

Photo by lqx
Yunnan, China, October 2004
Parayuhina diademata

Yuhina diademata


With 14.5 - 19cm a quite large Yuhina with a long tail1:

  • Dark crest with distinctive white nuchal collar
  • White underwing coverts
  • Relatively long, shallowly forked tail
  • Underparts greyish
  • Upperparts and wings dark grey

Sexes are similar, juveniles like adults.


Occurs mainly in Central and South China (Gansu, Hubei, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan), also in NE Myanmar and N Vietnam.
Common in most parts of its range.1


Regarded as monotypic by Clements2.

However, other authorities accept two subspecies1:


Open broadleaf evergreen forest, also secondary growth and tee plantations. Found between 800m and 3600m.1



Feeds on insects but takes also seeds and rhododendron nectar. Usually seen in pairs or small flocks.


Breeding season from May to September in China, earlier more south. The nest is a cup made of dry leaves, grass and roots, plastered with cobweb or moss and placed low (0.2 - 1.5m above ground) in a bush, grass or small tree. Lays 2 - 3 eggs.
Resident species, no movements known.1


Recording by china guy, Sichuan, China, August 2004


  1. 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
  2. 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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