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
  • 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.


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.