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Alternative name: Long-tailed Bushtit
Includes: Silver-throated Tit
Very often will give the impression of a small fluffy circular ball with a long tail attached. Approximately 14 cm (5.5 inches) of which more than half constitutes its tail. Black and rosy-beige above and white below, with rosy-beige flanks. It has a white crown but populations differs in amount of black in head. Bill is very short.
Juvenile/immature is darker and less glossy, lack rosy colors, and right after fledging, the tail is shorter.
Vinaceus and glaucogularis from China are sometimes considered a full species, Silver-throated Tit (Aegithalos glaucogularis).
Nineteen to twentytwo subspecies are recognized by different authors:
Deciduous woodlands with undergrowth.
Also wetland reed beds
Flight is short, whirring bursts and drops. Looks like a bouncing ball of fluff with a tail. Usually in flocks playing follow-my-leader from one patch of cover to another.
Seldom stays still for long, flitting about within a bush, chasing insects.
Woven nests containing spider webs and lichen are built in a tree or shrub. Up to a dozen eggs per litter.
Diet includes insects
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