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Japanese Tit - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Eastern Great Tit

Photo © by Akimoto
Kanazawa, Japan, 16 October 2012
Parus minor


12½–14 cm (5-5½ in)
Similar to Great Tit but underparts lack yellow. Also similar to Cinereous Tit but has green, not gray back.


From south-eastern Russia to China, Japan, Korea and south to Burma, northern Thailand, northern Laos and northern Vietnam.


Formerly included in Great Tit, together with Cinereous Tit.


Clements recognizes 9 subspecies:

  • P. m. minor: South-eastern Russia to Japan, Korea, south-western China and eastern Tibet
  • P. m. tibetanus: South-western China to south-eastern Tibet; single record from Sikkim
  • P. m. subtibetanus: Southern China to south-eastern Tibet and north-western Myanmar
  • P. m. nubicolus: South-eastern Myanmar to northern Thailand, northern Laos and extreme western Tonkin
  • P. m. dageletensis: Ullung Island (South Korea)
  • P. m. amamiensis: Northern Ryukyu Islands (Amami-O-Shima and Tokuno-Shima)
  • P. m. okinawae: Central Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa and Yagachi)
  • P. m. nigriloris: Southern Ryukyu Islands (Ishigaki and Iriomote)
  • P. m. commixtus: Southern China (south of the Yangtze) to Hong Kong and eastern Tonkin




Breeds in all kinds of woodland (incl. in desolate taiga in far north) and in immediate proximity of man in parks and gardens.


Insects and seeds, suet, beech nuts etc.


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