Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Viet Nam.
Omnivore. Insects (caterpillars, butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, flies), snails, spiders, millipedes, berries, seeds.
Habitat: Evergreen, pine and mixed forest, forest edge, abandoned cultivation, tea plantations, bamboo clumps.
Incubation: 11-14 days / 3-5 eggs
Social structure: Flocks of 20 - 100 birds.
Lifespan: 15 under human care
Estimated population in the wild: Locally common
Threats: Habitat destruction and capture for the cagebird trade
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Did you know that:
- They emit a loud musical song with alternating high and low notes
- The nest is built mostly by the female while the male supplies the required material.