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Photo © by Alok Tewari
Forest-edge, Sattal, Altitude 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, 30 March-2018

Alternative name: Black-lored Tit

Machlolophus xanthogenys


13–14 cm (5-5½ in)

  • Broad black line (wider in the male) down yellow front
  • Black: large crest, neck, throat and head
  • Yellow cheeks and supercilia
  • Olive-green upperparts
  • Two yellowish wingbars
  • White outer tail feathers

Females and young birds are drabber.


In the Himalayas from northern Pakistan to India and at least eastern Nepal.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Indian Black-lored Tit.
Formerly placed in the genus Parus.


Open subtropical oak or pine forest, second growth, scrub and gardens.
Occurs from 1000 - 2300m in summer, lower in winter.



The diet includes insects and spiders from the canopy, and sometimes fruit.


Apart from excavating its own, they will utilise woodpecker or barbet holes for their nest. The clutch consists of 3 to 5 red-spotted white eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  3. Avibase
  4. Wikipedia

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