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Photo by eastwood
Jiuzhaigou, China, June, 2012

Alternative names: White-necklaced Tit; Sooty Bushtit; Silver-faced Tit

Aegithalos fuliginosus


11.5 cm
In shape a typical long-tailed tit:

  • Brownish upperparts
  • Clear-cut dark breastband
  • Forehead, centre of crown and nape dark brown ,paler and greyer on sides
  • Lores, supercilium and cheek frosty pale grey
  • Grey-brown moustachial stripe
  • Throat pale grey
  • White band from neck over upper breast

Similar species

Black-throated Tit has a black chin and a black mask.
Black-browed Tit lacks the dark breastband. It has also a black moustachial stripe and a bold blackish mask.


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Found in the mountains of central China in south Gansu, parts of Sichuan and east to Shaanxi and Hubei.


A. fuliginosus; year-round
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This is a monotypic species.
Described subspecis scurrula usually regarded invalid.


Mixed forest with firs and well-develped scrub (willows, birches), often extensive bamboo understorey. Found from 1000m up to 2600m.


Feeds on insects and berries. Like other members of the genus found in big flocks outside the breeding season (up to 40 birds).
Only very little known about breeding. Feeding young has been recorded in mid-May in Sichuan.


  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553453
  2. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist

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