Black-bibbed Tit

Black-bibbed Tit Poecile hypermelaenus is the only species in the Marsh Tit Complex showing hint of crest. Once considered race of Marsh Tit P. palustris; also very similar to Sichuan Tit P. weigoldicus. Nearly
Chinese endemic; there is a disjunct population in southwest Burma. Range includes Min and Qin Mountains in southern Gansu and southwestern Shaanxi, northwest Hubei (Daba Mountains), northwest Guizhou and adjacent Yunnan, and southwest Sichuan to northwest Yunnan and southeast Tibet. HABITAT In conifer and broadleaved forests, between 1500 m (4,920 ft.) and 4000 m (13,120 ft.). ID & COMPARISON Glossy black cap extends to center of upper mantle, with short, ragged crest (not always present) on hindcrown; Sichuan Tit never has crest, and cap of Sichuan is dull black with brown tinge. Large cheek patches white. Black bib extends to lower throat; bib of the Marsh Tit in region (P. palustris hellmayri) is narrower and covers only upper throat, and bib of Sichuan Tit is less clear-cut than Black-bibbed and is browner. Upperparts olive-green, not plain grey-brown as in hellmayri and Sichuan Tit; wings and somewhat rounded tail brownish-grey, with paler fringes to flight feathers, unlike hellmayri. Underparts white with olive-brown wash; underparts of hellmayri white with buff wash, and underparts of Sichuan Tit light grey-brown, sometimes with cinnamon wash. Sichuan Tit larger than Black-bibbed and like hellmayri has square-ended tail. BARE PARTS Bill black; feet grey. VOICE Similar to Marsh Tit. — Craig Brelsford

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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