Panurus biarmicus
English: Bearded Parrotbill.
German: Bartmeise.
French: Panure à moustaches.
Order: Passeriformes.
Family: Timaliidae.
12-13 cm.
Initially, it is not possible to confuse the Bearded Parrotbill with any other species in the Iberian Peninsula.

The Eurasian Penduline-Tit may have similarities in terms of plumage tones. In this case, the Eurasian Penduline-Tit has a black mask, lacking a beard. The tail of this species is much shorter in comparison to the Bearded Reedling and is grayish, white and black.
The adult male Bearded Parrotbill has a grayish head plumage. It has a prominent black beard. The undertail coverts are black.

On the other hand, adult females have a light brown head. It contrasts with the male due to the lack of the black beard. In this case, the undertail coverts are light cinnamon.

In developed juvenile specimens, the male has a bright yellow beak and the female has a more muted beak color.
It is possible to recognize 2 different ages:

Juvenile specimen: have a dark back. The outer rectrices (R6-R5) have a wide black base. The P10 has a rounded tip. The plumage is new generation.

Adult specimen: have a light cream back, without black, or in some cases only with a camouflaged dark streak in some females. The R6 and R5 have more than half of their base white. The P10 ends in a pointed shape and is shorter than the primary coverts, almost unnoticeable.
The post-nuptial and post-juvenile molts that the Bearded Parrotbill carry out are complete and as a general rule they usually finish in the last two weeks of October.
Primaries: 10 per wing.
Secundaries: 8-9 per wing.
Rectrices: 12.


Adult specimen:
Beak tip to pupil center:

Adult male specimen


1.- Left wing primaries. 2.- Primaries. 3.- Detail of the outer vane of the primaries. 4.- Secondaries and tertials. 5.- Secondaries and tertials. 6.- Details of the outer vane of the secondaries and tertials.  7.- Details of the tips of the secondaries and tertials. 8.- Details of the S2. 9.- Primaries, secondaries and tertials. 10.- Detail of the shaft of the primaries and secondaries. 11.- Primaries, secondaries and tertials. 12.- Primaries, secondaries, tertials. Primary coverts, secondary coverts (G, M, and L). Alulas. 13.- Primary coverts and greater coverts. 14.- Details of the greater coverts. 15.- Details of the primary coverts. 16.- Primary coverts and greater coverts. 17.- Rectrices. 18.- Rectrices. 19.- Rectrices + uppertail coverts. 20.- Details of the R6. 21.- Details and assembly of the adult male’s malar.

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