Japanese tit

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Japanese tit
Parus minor (side).JPG
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Parus
Species: P. minor
Binomial name
Parus minor
Temminck & Schlegel, 1848

Japanese tit (Parus minor), also known as Oriental tit, is a passerine bird which replaces the similar great tit in Japan and the Russian Far East beyond the Amur River, including the Kuril Islands. Until recently, this species was classified as a subspecies of great tit, but Russian studies have indicated that the two species coexist in the Russian Far East without intermingling or frequent hybridization.


  • Päckert M, Martens J, Eck S, Nazarenko AA, Valchuk, OP, Petri B, Veith M (2005). "The great tit (Parus major) – a misclassified ring species", Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 86(2).

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