Hwamei

Garrulax canorus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Sylviid Warblers (Sylviidae)

Code 4

HWAM

Code 6

GARCAN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Hwamei is a medium sized babbler that frequents open forest, gardens and second growth in central and southern China, Laos and Vietnam. It has also been introduced to Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and the Hawaiian Islands. Despite being heavily trapped for the cagebird trade, the Hwamei is believed to have a large, stable population and has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern by the IUCN.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Hwamei: This medium-sized olive-brown songbird has gray on the belly, faint black streaks on the head and upper breast, and faint black barring on the tail. It has a blue-white eye ring and line behind the eye, yellow bill, buff-pink legs and feet, short wings and a medium length tail. It feeds on insects and seeds. It flies with rapid wing-beats followed by short glides. Sexes are similar.

 

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Hwamei SONGS AND CALLS

Hwamei D1

Varied song includes whistles and imitations.

Hwamei D2

Pair duet and raspy calls

Similar Sounding

Northern Mockingbird 3

Song is a series of musical and grating phrases.

White-rumped Shama 5

Song is loud and melodious, known to mimic other birds.


Voice Text

"Peer, pur peeya wee!"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • "Hwamei" means "painted eyebrow" in Mandarin.
  • A group of babblers are collectively known as a "tower" and a "brook" of babblers.
  • The Hwamei is the most popular cagebird in China.
  • The Hwamei was originally believed to be a thrush on account of its thrush-like behavior and shape.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP HAWAII

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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Chris Vest

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