Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea)

Birds of North America No. 359
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Known in the cage bird trade as the Japanese Hill-Robin, Peking Robin, or Peking Nightingale, the Red-billed Leiothrix was first imported into the Hawaiian Islands in 1911 ( Fisher and Baldwin 1947 ), with intentional releases to the wild occurring after 1918 ( Caum 1933 ). A native of Southeast Asia, southern China, and the Himalayan regions of India, this species is a medium-sized, green and yellow babbler with a conspicuous red bill and strongly notched tail. The species is extremely active, but individuals are somewhat secretive and difficult to see as they flit around in the understory, often in small groups. The Red-billed Leiothrix is found in a wide variety of habitats in the Hawaiian Islands, including both native and exotic forests from sea level to near mountain summits exceeding 4,000 m elevation.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Organization Series
Title Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea)
Series title Birds of North America
Series number No. 359
DOI 10.2173/bna.359
Year Published 1998
Language English
Publisher Academy of Natural Sciences and American Ornithologist's Union
Publisher location Philadelphia, PA and Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center