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African Blue Tit
 Regional variation
Populations in western Canary Islands show narrow wing bar, and those in central Canary Islands lack wing-bar entirely while subspecies degener, the population on the eastern Canary Islands has broad white wing-bars, as broad as or broader than north African ultramarinus.
The North African Blue Tit Cyanistes t. ultramarinus occur from sea level to 2100 m in the Atlas mountain range of Morocco and Tunisia. Some vagrant birds in winter can easily reach the latitude of 28 dg N in southern contry oasis. Subspecies cyrenaicae is found in Libya, while palmensis, teneriffae, ombriosus, and degener are found in different parts of the Canary Islands.
Some authors have treated virtually every one of the subspecies described above as independent full species. Certain other authorities, principally the Howard & Moore 2003 edition, treats the African Blue Tit as several subspecies under Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus.
Final taxonomic note is that older books will have not the genus Cyanistes, instead this and other tits of that genus were believed to belong to Parus.
There are 7 subspecies:
Dutch Birding treat C. t. degener as synonymous with C. t. ultramarinus.
Deciduous and mixed woodlands.
It builds a nest from moss, wool, hair and feathers, and 7-8 eggs are laid in April or May.
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