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Photo by ponytail1414
Austin, Texas, July 2005

Alternative name: Mexican Titmouse

Baeolophus atricristatus


B. a. sennetti
Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Cancon, Texas, USA, 14 April 2021


  • Rusty flanks
  • Gray upperparts
  • Whitish belly


  • Long, dark black crest - usually erect

Female crest is lighter


Southern Texas, Oklahoma, and east-central Mexico.


Some authorities consider this taxon to be a part of Tufted Titmouse.

In the past, some authorities have placed this species in genus Parus.


There are 3 subspecies:

  • B. a. paloduro:
  • Texas panhandle and south-western Oklahoma; south-western Texas and north-western Coahuila
  • B. a. sennetti:
  • Central and southern Texas (south to Brooks County, west to Terrell County)
  • B. a. atricristatus:
  • Southern Texas and north-eastern Mexico (north-eastern Coahuila and Tamaulipas to southern Veracruz)


Fairly common in a variety of wood and scrub habitats, including gardens



The diet includes berries, nuts, spiders, insects, and insect eggs.


It nests in tree cavities, telephone poles, fence posts, and bird boxes. The eggs are white with reddish-brown spots, usually 4-7 in the clutch.


Call: peter, peter, peter.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/66698D9B ]. Retrieved 2 May 2021
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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