Collared Treepie

collared treepie
黑额树鹊 (hēi’é shùquè)
Dendrocitta frontalis
38 cm

Richly colored treepie, found in China only in southeastern Tibet and western Yunnan (Gaoligong Mountains). Distinguished from grey treepie by all-black tail, lack of white panel on black primaries, brighter chestnut mantle, and chestnut lower belly and vent. Bluish-grey nape and breast contrast sharply with black forehead, face, and bib. Median and greater coverts grey, forming band on closed wing. Bill, feet black. Typically rich treepie repertoire of harsh squawks and electronic whistles; one call is a hiccoughing two-note click. — Craig Brelsford


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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