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Alternative names: Red-headed Tit; Black-throated Bushtit
Includes: Grey-Crowned Tit
10Â·5 cm (4 in)
The sexes are similar, juveniles have paler caps.
Marked geographical variation. This species may represent an unresolved species swarm, further study is needed.
Broadleaved (especially oak) and mixed forest up to 2700m, but also recorded higher up.
This species is mostly resident. Some erratic and altitudinal movements are known.
Feeds on insects. Also known to take small seeds and fruits.
Breeding season from February to May in China, March to May in the Himalayas. Single-brooded, sometimes with helpers. The nest is an oval ball made from lichen and moss, bound together with spider webs. It's placed in a fork up to 3m high or woven around twigs. 3 - 6 white or pale pink eggs are laid.
Psip-psip notes and a chrr-chrr, trr-trr.
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Recording by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal Forest, Alt. 5500 ft above MSL, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2017
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