Collared finchbill

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Collared finchbill
At the Cincinnati Zoo
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Spizixos
S. semitorques
Binomial name
Spizixos semitorques
  • Spizixus cinereicapillus

The collared finchbill (Spizixos semitorques) is a species of songbird in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is found in China, Taiwan, Japan and Vietnam.

The species favors forested hills at moderate elevations. Primarily a frugivore, the collared finchbill also eats seeds and insects. The birds are typically monogamous, with females building nests in trees in which to lay their eggs.[3]


They eat fruit, including Hedera nepalensis and Paederia scandens.[4]

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Alternate names for the collared finchbill include the black-headed finch-bill, Chinese finch-bill, Japanese finch-bill, collared finch-billed bulbul and Swinhoe's finch-billed bulbul.


Two subspecies are recognized:[5]

  • S. s. semitorques - R. Swinhoe, 1861: Found in central and southern China, northern Vietnam
  • S. s. cinereicapillus - R. Swinhoe, 1871: Originally described as a separate species. Found in Taiwan and Miyako and Yaeyama Islands of Japan


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Spizixos semitorques". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22712600A94337830. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22712600A94337830.en. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  2. ^ Swinhoe, Robert (1861). "Notes on the Birds observed about Talien Bay (North China), from June 21 to July 24, 1860". Ibis. 3 (9–12): 266. ISSN 0019-1019.
  3. ^ "Collared Finch-Billed Bulbul Fact Sheet, Lincoln Park Zoo"
  4. ^ Yang, Yifan; Xu, Bin; Yu, Qingqing; Fan, Likun; Guo, Tingting; Fu, Dongshi; Chen, Hao; Yan, Hai; Shao, Feng; Li, Xiaopeng (2022-10-12). "Distribution Pattern and Factors Influencing Spontaneous Plant Diversity in Different Wetland Habitats". Forests. 13 (10): 1678. doi:10.3390/f13101678. ISSN 1999-4907.
  5. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-03-12.