Rufous-naped Tit

Rufous-naped Tit Periparus rufonuchalis is closely related to Rufous-vented Tit P. rubidiventris, but the ranges of the two species are widely separated. In China, Rufous-naped Tit occurs only in western Xinjiang (Pamir Mountains and Tianshan). Rufous-naped Tit is slightly larger than Rufous-vented and has more extensive bib, reaching mid-belly. White nuchal spot variably rufous-tinged, and there is a rufous patch (sometimes hidden) on sides of breast. Song and calls similar to Rufous-vented. — 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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