Paradoxornis webbianus (*)
Paradoxornis webbianus (Gould, 1852)
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The Vinous-throated Parrotbill (Paradoxornis webbianus) is a species of bird in the Timaliidae family. It is found in China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
The specific name webianus commemorates the English botanist Philip Barker Webb. The species is sometimes referred to as Webb's Parrotbill.
Habitat and movements
The Vinous-throated Parrotbill occurs from northern Vietnam to southern Manchuria, and occupies a wide range of habitats across its range. It is generally found in somewhat open wooded habitats, including scrub, woodland of early successional to late mature secondary stages, forest edges, thickets and bamboo stands. It also occurs in hedges, reeds and marshes. They also will adapt to human modified habitats such as tea plantations and plant nurseries. In China it is found in lower montane areas, in Sichuan it is replaced at 1,000 m (3,300 ft) above sea level by the Ashy-throated Parrotbill, whereas in Taiwan, where it is the only species of parrotbill, it occurs from sea level to 3,100 m (10,200 ft) and occupies the widest niche of any bird on that island.
The Vinous-throated Parrotbill is a relatively small and long-tailed parrotbill. It measures between 11–12.5 cm (4.3–4.9 in) in length. The weight varies slightly by sex, with males weighing between 8.5–11 g (0.30–0.39 oz) and the females weighing 7–12 cm (2.8–4.7 in). The tail is graduated and like other parrotbills the bill is short and has the nostrils concealed by feather bristles. The plumage is similar for both sexes, which in the nominate is warm brown on the upperparts, dark brown on the wings (tinged with chestnut on the flight feathers). The upper breast and throat are pinkish-cream with brown streaks on the throat. The flanks are similar to the upperparts but slightly buffy, and the belly is cream-buff merging into the breast. The crown and forehead is rufescent brown, with a pale grey iris and the bill is either slate grey or brown with a paler or yellow tip.
Like other parrotbills and indeed related babblers, the Vinous-throated Parrotbill is a highly social species, usually encountered in groups. These flocks vary in size through the year, being at their smallest during the breeding season and increasing to as many as 140 individual birds in the winter.
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* BirdLife International 2004. Paradoxornis webbianus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 26 July 2007.
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