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Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dist. Nainital, Uttarakhand Himalayas, Alt. 5500 ft., India, 18 October 2018
Parus monticolus


12·5–13 cm (5-5¼ in)

  • Black cap
  • Broad black ventral line
  • Greenish upperparts
  • Double wing bar


Subspecies P. m. yunnanensis
Photo © by Mark Harper
Wawu Shan, Sichuan, China, June 2006

Asia: found in China, Tibet, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Taiwan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam



Subspecies P. m. insperatus
Photo © by Dave 2x
Dasyueshan, Taiwan, March 2013

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • P. m. monticolus:
  • P. m. yunnanensis:
  • P. m. legendrei:
  • P. m. insperatus:


Montane forests, particularly oak.



They have a varied diet consisting of insects, larvae, berries, seeds, flower buds and fruit.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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