Blackthroated tit

Aegithalos concinnus

TAXONOMY

Aegithalos concinnus Gould, 1855. Six subspecies are recognized. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Red-headed tit; French: Mésange à tête rousse; German: Rostkappen-schwanzmeise; Spanish: Satrecito de Cabeza Roja.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

4 in (10 cm); 0.14-0.32 oz (4-9 g). Small and very attractive tit with a rufous crown, black mask, white moustache, and black bib. Gray upper and buff-to-white underparts.

DISTRIBUTION

Himalayas, upland Myanmar, and Indochina.

HABITAT

Broadleaf forest.

BEHAVIOR

A gregarious species foraging in the shrub layers of forests, often in mixed species flocks. Roosts communally. Contact call psip, psip and si-si-si.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feeds on insects, seed, and fruit.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nests February to May. Nest a typical ball of moss and lichen positioned low in a bush. Clutch 3-9, incubation 15-16 days.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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