Elegant tit

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Elegant tit
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Periparus
Species: P. elegans
Binomial name
Periparus elegans
Lesson, 1831
Map showing range of Periparus in The Philippines
Range of Periparus in The Philippines

Pardaliparus elegans
Parus elegans

The elegant tit (Periparus elegans) is a species of bird in the tit family Paridae that is endemic to the Philippines.


The species was formerly included in the much larger genus Parus, and some authorities have suggested that along with the closely related Palawan Tit and Yellow-bellied Tit it should be placed in a new genus, Pardaliparus. The species has nine recognised subspecies, one of which, the race P. e. panayensis from Panay, is potentially a separate species.


The elegant tit resembles the Palawan tit, having a black head and neck, and a yellow belly, breast. The wings are pied black and white, as is the back of the male, that of the female is olive. The species varies from the Palawan tit in having a yellow cheek and a yellow line on the back of the head.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is endemic to the Philippines, ranging across most of the islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.