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.