Elegant tit

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

Parus elegans

The elegant tit (Pardaliparus 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 Parusbut was moved to Pardaliparus with the yellow-bellied tit and the Palawan tit when Parus was split into several resurrected genera following the publication of a detailed molecular phylogenetic analysis in 2013.[1][2]


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.


  1. ^ Johansson, U.S.; Ekman, J.; Bowie, R.C.K.; Halvarsson, P.; Ohlson, J.I.; Price, T.D.; Ericson, P.G.P. (2013). "A complete multilocus species phylogeny of the tits and chickadees (Aves: Paridae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 69 (3): 852–860. PMID 23831453. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2013.06.019. 
  2. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Waxwings and their allies, tits & penduline tits". World Bird List Version 6.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 15 February 2016.