SPECIES

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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Adult (Black-throated)
Adult (Red-headed)
Adult (Gray-crowned)
Adult (Black-throated)
Adult (Black-throated)
Adult (Red-headed)
Adult (Black-throated)
Adult (Gray-crowned)
Juvenile: frontal view.

Dull underparts are washed buffish.

Juvenile.

Juvenile has cap slightly paler than adult. The upperparts are duller and browner.

Juvenile.
Lateral view.

The upperparts are blue gray, with the rump tinged brownish ochre. The greater upperwing coverts and flight feathers are dark brown, with the remiges broadly fringed gray. The tail is blackish brown with gray edges to feathers, and the outer three pairs tipped white; the outermost with a white outer web.

Frontal view.

The crown is cinnamon, with a slight rufous tinge. The lores and a band through (and above and below) eye to side of nape are black. The chin, submous­tachial area, and sides of neck are white, with the throat black. There is a white band across lower throat, above a well-defined but fairly narrow cinnamon-rufous breastband (may be nearly broken in center). The flanks are rufous chestnut, with the remainder of the underparts whitish (pale pinkish-buff feather bases on belly and vent visible when plumage worn).

Presumably subspecies concinnus.
Juvenile, presumably subspecies concinnus.
Presumably subspecies talifuensis.

Similar to nominate but crown darker, some faint white flecks on rear side of crown, and breastband and flanks darker rufous chestnut.

Presumably subspecies talifuensis.
Juvenile or immature, presumably subspecies talifuensis.
Presumably subspecies pulchellus.

Resembles A. c. manipurensis, but forehead and crown light drab brown, no white (or just a few faint white flecks) in superciliary region.

Presumably subspecies pulchellus.

Center of lower breast and belly purer white.

Presumably subspecies pulchellus.
Subspecies iredalei.

Forehead cinnamon orange, becoming rufous on crown and nape, prominent white supercilium from above and behind eye to nape, black band from lores back through (and above and below) eye to sides of nape. Upperwing dark brown, remiges with broad gray fringes, wing coverts with dark gray/blue-gray fringes; tail blackish brown with gray feather edges, outer three pairs tipped white, outermost with white outer web.

Subspecies iredalei.

Chin, submoustachial area, and sides of neck white with slight buffy tinge, throat black. Narrow band on upper breast pale buffy white, grading to rufous buff on breast.

Subspecies iredalei.

Upperparts mostly dark bluish gray, rump with brownish-ochre tinge. Pinkish on flanks and side of vent.

Subspecies annamensis.

Upperparts, upperwings and tail dark gray, remiges and wing-coverts with paler edgings, outermost pair of rectrices with white outer web.

Subspecies annamensis.

Forehead pale dull gray, merging into slightly darker gray from center of crown to nape, vague white-flecked gray postocular band back to nape-sides; sides of face otherwise black, contrasting white submoustachial line and sides of neck; chin white, throat black.

Subspecies annamensis.

White of neck-sides continues as narrow band across uppermost breast. Underparts are dirty whitish with medium-gray breastband and beige or light grayish-pink flanks.

Black-throated Tit with caterpillar prey.
Two Black-throated Tits engaging in display behavior.
Three Black-throated Tits on a branch.
Nest.
Gathering nesting material.
Gathering nesting material.
Parent feeding young.

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