Collared Finchbill

Collared Finchbill Spizixos semitorques

Type of Animal:

Hill forest, foothill forest, lowland forest, montane forest, temperate forest, subtropical/tropical forest, forest edges, shrubland, gardens, brushlands, bamboo undergrowth, lowland clearings, hillside scrub, scrubland, secondary forest, savanna, urban areas, heavily degraded former forest

C & E China, N Vietnam, Taiwan, & Miyako & Yaeyama Islands of Japan

Dark olive-green bird w/ black head, white collar, gray “whiskers”, black-tipped tail, stout slightly curved yellow bill

Fruit, berries, seeds, insects

Status in Wild:

Breeding in zoos & wildlife centers

Flocks of 2-30 birds

Additional Info:

Male: Cock
Female: Hen
Young: Chick
Group: Flock

Male: 1.58-1.59 oz
Female: 1.41 oz

2 weeks

Life Span:
5-10 years

Male: 9 in
Female: 7 in

Body Length:
Male: 9 in
Female: 7 in

Tail Length:
2-2.5 in, same for both sexes

Main predators are snakes, lizards, raptors, corvids, & predatory mammals. 

Also known as Collared Finch-Billed Bulbul, Black-Headed Finchbill, Chinese Finchbill, Japanese Finchbill, & Swinhoe’s Finch-Billed Bulbul. 

Song series of three-syllabled warbles. These birds also chirp a lot.

Most often breed from March-August.

Clutches range from 2-5 eggs.

These birds are non-migratory.

These birds are rather shy.

Chicks fledge at 2 weeks but may stay w/ parents for longer.

Coloration aids in camouflage.

Nests bowl-shaped, made of dry grasses/stems/leaves/fine roots, usually placed at branch tip.

Active during day (diurnal).

Fun Fact(s):
Scientific name means “half-twisted chirping bulbul.”

Nests sometimes parasitized by Himalayan Cuckoos. 

Named for white collars around necks.

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