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African Blue Tit
Alternative name: Canary Islands Blue Tit
11â€“12 cm (4Â¼-4Â¾ in)
 Similar species
Blue Tit differs mainly in paler plumage overall.
 Regional variation
Populations in western Canary Islands show a narrower wing bar and those in central Canary Islands lack a wing-bar entirely, while subspecies C. t. degener on the eastern Canary Islands has broad white wing-bars, as broad as or broader than north African C. t. ultramarinus.
The North African Blue Tit C. 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. C. t. cyrenaicae is found in Libya, while C. t. palmensis, C. t. teneriffae, C. t. ombriosus, and C. t. degener are found in different islands of the Canary Islands.
In the past, the genus Cyanistes was included in a broad view of the genus Parus.
Some authors have treated virtually every one of the subspecies listed below as independent full species. Certain other authorities, principally older works up to and including the Howard & Moore 2003 edition, treat the African Blue Tit as several subspecies under Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus.
There are 7 subspecies:
Some authorities 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.
Their diet is not well recorded, but presumably similar to Eurasian Blue Tit, typically seeds, insects and nuts.
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