Chestnut-shouldered Petronia

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names

Yellow-throated Sparrow

Native Habitat

Scrubland, Forests


Grains, Insects, Nectar, Berries


Chestnut-shouldered Petronia

Gymnoris xanthocollis

The Chestnut-shouldered Petronia is a species of sparrow-like bird found in South Asia. It is found in forest and open scrub habitats. The species breeds in tree hollows often making use of the holes made be primary hole nesting birds such as barbets and woodpeckers.

It has a finer bill than typical sparrows and unlike them has no streaks on the plumage. The white double wing bar on the shoulder is diagnostic on the otherwise dull grey-brown sparrow. Males have a chestnut shoulder patch which can sometimes be hard to see. They also have a pale yellow spot on the throat in fresh plumage. Females are duller and lack the chestnut shoulder patch. The yellow spot is much reduced or lacking in females.

Regional Names
  • Gujarati:
    પહેલવાન ચકલી, રાજી ચકલી
  • Hindi:
    जंगली चिड़िया
  • Marathi:
    रानचिमणी, पीतकंठी चिमणी
  • Nepali:
    पीतकण्ठे भँगेरा
  • Sanskrit:
    पीतकंठ कुलिङ्ग
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Gymnoris xanthocollis