Pere David’s Tit

Pere David’s Tit Poecile davidi is a Chinese endemic. In high country bordering the Red Basin in Sichuan: Daba Mountains in west Hubei, Qin Mountains in south Shaanxi, Min Mountains in southern Gansu and northern Sichuan, then further south in Sichuan along eastern edge of Tibetan Plateau to Mt. Emei and Mt. Wawu and finally to Meigu. HABITAT In mixed subalpine forests from 2100 m (6,890 ft.) to 3400 m (11,160 ft.). Locally common, but declining owing to deforestation. ID & COMPARISON Black cap and bib and white cheeks. Upperparts grey-brown, with light grey fringes to flight feathers; tail also grey-brown with white sides. Bright cinnamon underparts and nuchal collar unique among bibbed tits; Sichuan Tit P. weigoldicus, Willow Tit P. montanus (Songar group), and White-browed Tit P. superciliosus have duller underparts tending more toward pink. BARE PARTS Bill, feet black. VOICE High-pitched, low, and sibilant chatter typical of genus. — 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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