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Omei Shan Liocichla

Liocichla omeiensis

Passeriformes - Muscicapidae - Thrushes, warblers & flycatchers

Omei Shan Liocichla - Adult male

© Andrew Owen

Omei Shan Liocichla - Adult male

Distribution: Endemic to China - from mountain ranges in south-central Sichuan, recently found in extreme north-east Yunnan. Locally common on Emei Shan and in the Xiaoxiang Ling and Daliang Shan ranges

Habitat: Undergrowth of subtropical and temperate montane broadleaved forest and in secondary forest, scrub and bamboo, mainly between 1,000-2,400 m in summer, has been recorded down to 600 m in winter.

Diet: Fruit and invertebrates.

Clutch size: 2-4

Incubation: 14 days

Fledge age: 13-14 days


Protocol from Chester Zoo

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Protocol established 2007
Used on 7 individuals
Success rate 57.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success 
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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BirdLife International (2010) Species factsheet: Liocichla omeiensis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/6/2010

Cockrill, R. 1993. Breeding the Omei Shan Liocichla. Beak and Claw 89, 8-10.

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