Parrotbills (Paradoxornithidae)

Brown-winged Parrotbill (Paradoxornis brunneus) - HBW 12, p. 315

French: Paradoxornis à ailes brunes German: Braunflügel-Papageimeise Spanish: Picoloro Alipardo
Other common names: Rickett’s/Yunnan Parrotbill (ricketti)

Taxonomy: Suthora brunnea J. Anderson, 1871, Momien [= Tengchong], western Yunnan, China.
Sometimes placed together with P. conspicillatus, P. webbianus, P. alphonsianus, P. zappeyi, P. przewalskii, P. fulvifrons, P. nipalensis, P. verreauxi and P. atrosuperciliaris in a separate genus, Suthora. Considered conspecific with P. webbianus (and P. alphonsianus) by some authors, but widely accepted treatment as separate species supported by differences in skeletal features of skull. Race ricketti has sometimes been given full species rank, but there is currently no evidence of overlap in range wi.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Suthora brunnea J. Anderson, 1871, Momien [= Tengchong], western Yunnan, China.
Sometimes placed together with P. conspicillatus, P. webbianus, P. alphonsianus, P. zappeyi, P. przewalskii, P. fulvifrons, P. nipalensis, P. verreauxi and P. atrosuperciliaris in a separate genus, Suthora. Considered conspecific with P. webbianus (and P. alphonsianus) by some authors, but widely accepted treatment as separate species supported by differences in skeletal features of skull. Race ricketti has sometimes been given full species rank, but there is currently no evidence of overlap in range with other races, as previously suggested by some authors; further study needed. Ranges of nominate and styani meet at S end of Dali Valley, at least; has been commented that latter is possibly the result of secondary intergradation, but series of museum specimens examined appeared very uniform in plumage characteristics, suggesting that it is a valid race. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • brunneus (J. Anderson, 1871) - E (E part) & C (E part) Myanmar E to S China (W & NW Yunnan W of Lijiang Range and L Er Hai).
  • styani (Rippon, 1903) - Dali region, in NW Yunnan (S China).
  • ricketti Rothschild, 1922 - SW Sichuan (from Yalong Jiang) SW to NW Yunnan (to Lijiang Range and area E of L Er Hai), in S China.

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