Japanese tit

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Japanese tit
Parus minor (side).JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Parus
Species: P. minor
Binomial name
Parus minor
Temminck & Schlegel, 1848
Distributions of Parus minor (blue-green) and Parus major (orange-red)

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 (Parus major), but studies indicated that the two species coexist in the Russian Far East without intermingling or frequent hybridization.[1]


  1. ^ Päckert, M.; Martens, J.; Eck, S.; Nazarenko, A. A.; Valchuk, O. P.; Petri, B.; Veith, M. (2005). "The great tit (Parus major) – a misclassified ring species". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 86 (2): 153. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00529.x. 

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