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Black-crested Tit (Periparus melanolophus)

Black-crested Tit (Periparus melanolophus). I've followed the taxonomy of Clements 6.6 edition (2011), by using the genus Periparus, rather than Parus.

 

This lovely little bird is a bit of a taxonomic nightmare. Until recently the present genus was normally subsumed into a broad Parus group; many authors still prefer that treatment. Forms a superspecies with Coal Tit (P. ater), with the two regularly hybridizing in W Nepal; sometimes considered conspecific.

 

Zero Point (2.500m), Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Almora, Uttarakhand, India.

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Taken on April 9, 2012