Alternative names: White-cheeked Bushtit; White-cheeked Long-tailed Tit; Kashmir Tit
- Aegithalos leucogenys
- Typical shape of a long-tailed tit
- Medium-long tail
- Black bib and white cheek patch
- Forehead and crown cinnamon-brown
- Upperparts greyish-olive
- Breast and flanks pale pinkish-buff
Juveniles are paler and greyer overall and have a whitish forecrown.
Found in northeast Afghanistan and in Pakistan. Records from India seem doubtful.
This is a monotypic species.
Open dry scrubby forest, tamarisk bushes and thorn scrub.
Feeds on inscects and spiders. Forages in flocks but is not as gregarious as other long-tailed tits.
Breeding season from March to May. The nest, an upright oval ball, is woven from grass, moss and vegetable fibres, bound with spider web and lined with feathers. It's placed in a bush some 1 to 3.5 m above the ground. 5 to 8 white eggs are laid.
Resident species with some altitudinal movement.
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- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553453
- Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
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