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Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus Scientific name definitions

Robyn P. Geldard, Simon Harrap, Josep del Hoyo, David Christie, Nigel Collar, Guy M. Kirwan, and Andrew J. Spencer
Version: 2.0 — Published December 22, 2020
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This tiny but boldly-patterned bird, with its distinct black mask, black throat, and pale iris, has a wide distribution from the Himalayas east through central, eastern, and southern China, south through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Black-throated Tit is variable across its distribution, with some populations having bright rufous on the crown and on the breast, others having gray crowns and gray underparts, and others still having a bold white line behind the eye. This extensive variation has led some to split the species into three species (1), which here are recognized as three distinct groups (2). Across its distribution, it is found mostly in broadleaf forests, in particular those with oak, and occurs across a wide elevational gradient, from 60 m in the southeast portion of its range, to 3,600 m in the Himalayas. They forage primarily on insects, seeds, and fruit, and are very active and acrobatic as they forage, often hanging from the tips of branches; as they forage, they typically occur in flocks containing as many as 40 individuals. Like others in Aegithalidae, they build a nest that is described as an oval ball constructed of moss, lichen, bark, and other fine materials and lined with feathers, fur, wool and other materials, all held together with spider webs, with an entrance hole on the side near the top. They are occasionally cooperative breeders, with helpers aiding with feeding chicks and sometimes incubation. Across its wide distribution, the species faces no immediate conservation concerns, and is considered Least Concern by BirdLife International.

Recommended Citation

Geldard, R. P., S. Harrap, J. del Hoyo, D. A. Christie, N. Collar, G. M. Kirwan, and A. J. Spencer (2020). Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinnus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.blttit2.02