Paradoxornithidae

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Paradoxornithidae

 

a family of birds of the order Passeres. The body measures 10–27 cm in length, and the yellow beak often seems inflated. The tail is long and tapered. The coloring is brownish or yellowish, frequently with gray or black. There are 19 species distributed in Southeast Asia and only a single species in Europe and the steppe zone of Asia. Members of the family lead a settled or migratory life and inhabit shrub thickets or reeds. The nest is cuplike or covered and has a side entrance. The birds feed on insects and seeds. There are four species in the USSR: the bearded tit, Venus-throated parrotbill (Paradoxornis webbiana), long-tailed titmouse, and Yangtze parrotbill (P. heudei).

REFERENCE

Ptitsy Sovetskogo Soiuza, vol. 5. Edited by G. P. Dement’ev and N. A. Gladkov. Moscow, 1954.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.