Black-crested tit

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Black-crested tit
Spot winged Tit- carrying feed for chicks I2 MG 3205.jpg
in Kullu - Manali District of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Not recognized (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Periparus
Species: P. ater
Subspecies: P. a. melanolophus
Trinomial name
Periparus ater melanolophus
Vigors, 1831
Synonyms
  • Periparus melanolophus

The black-crested tit (Periparus ater melanolophus), also known as the spot-winged tit, is a bird in the Paridae family. It is now usually considered a subspecies of the coal tit.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in boreal forests and temperate forests in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, mainly in the Himalayas, ranging across Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

Taxonomy[edit]

It is closely related and similar to the coal tit, and is sometimes considered to be conspecific. It interbreeds with that species in western Nepal.

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