The Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) is a tiny, very colourful bird native to the Himalayas and parts of China. Additionally, it became introduced to Japan, Hawaii, and even some areas of Europe. The birds favour the dense undergrowth of hill forests as their habitats where they search for invertebrates, berries, and seeds. They commonly browse in small groups of four to six (occasionally up to 20) individuals. I have observed these pretty little birds during a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China, in September 2015. Unfortunately, lighting conditions in the bamboo forests were rather poor, but I still enjoyed seeing the rascals stealing fruits meant for the Red Pandas in the enclosures…
That’s an interesting little birdie 🙂
and so pretty!! 🙂 thanks for your comment!
Yes very pretty 🙂
He’s gorgeous, and such a great photograph
thanks a lot!! I wish the light would have been better…
What a beautiful bird!!! Those wing markings are gorgeous.
yes, was a great surprise to see them!! thanks for your comment!!
Had never come across this species until now – thanks for sharing.
thank you for commenting!! 🙂 great that you like the post – the world is really full of birds and most are new to me too!
Very beautiful! 🙂
thank you! 🙂 (although I took only the photo, I am not responsible for the bird! 😉 )