Chinese hwamei in exhibit

Chinese Hwamei

Scientific Name
Spizixos semitorques
Southeast Asia, Japan, and Hawaii
Shrublands, open woodland, parks, and gardens
Estimated Wild Population
chinese hwamei in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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Chinese hwameis have rich brown and ochre plumage; a dusky yellow bill; and strong, yellowish legs. Males and females closely resemble each other, and adults can measure up to nine inches long. Females lay clutches of three to four eggs and are primarily responsible for incubation, a period of about 12 days. They make cup-like nests from leaves, grasses, and other vegetation in small trees and bushes.

Did You Know?

Males sing varied, repetitive, high-pitched songs and females reply with a series of monotonous calls.

They have a bold white ring around each eye—their name, hwamei, means “painted eyebrow” in Chinese.

Chinese hwameis, sought for their melodious song, are often trapped as part of the illegal pet and wildlife trade.

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