Hwamei

Garrulax canorus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Passerines (Leiothrichidae)

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.


Range and Habitat North America


Range and Habitat Hawaii

Hwamei: Native to eastern and central China, Vietnam, and Laos, this species was introduced to Hawaii in the early 20th century. It is now an established resident, occurring commonly on Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii, but less frequently on Oahu and Molokai. Preferred habitats include forest edges, scrubby vegetation, and gardens.


Range and Habitat Palau

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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

About this Hawaii Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION



SONGS AND CALLS

Xeno-Canto Sound

Hwamei E1

  • Title: Hwamei E1
  • Recordist: Frank Lambert
  • Description: Song is a varied series of whistled notes and imitations.
  • Location: cn
  • Date: "October 26, 2017"

Hwamei E2

  • Title: Hwamei E2
  • Recordist: Frank Lambert
  • Description: Typical song.
  • Location: cn
  • Date: "October 26, 2017"

Similar Sounding Hawaii David Kuhn

Northern Mockingbird 3

  • Title: Northern Mockingbird 3
  • Recordist: David Kuhn
  • Description: Song is a series of musical and grating phrases.
  • Location: HI
  • Date: "6/16/2014"

Voice Text

"Peer, pur peeya wee!"

Vocalization

Hwamei: Song is sung by the by male is a rich, high-pitched, clear series of melodic whistles and warbling that often includes imitations of other birds. Female has series of monotone calls that are given near the male to prompt a song from him.

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Eye ringX
The circle around the eye formed of feathers that are a different color from the rest of the face.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X