Aegithalidae – Bushtits

Black-throated Bushtit (Aegithalos concinnus) by Nikhil Devasar

Black-throated Bushtit (Aegithalos concinnus) by Nikhil Devasar

And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. (Exodus 3:2 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Aegithalidae – Bushtits

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Species (13)

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)
Silver-throated Bushtit (Aegithalos glaucogularis)
White-cheeked Bushtit (Aegithalos leucogenys)
Black-throated Bushtit (Aegithalos concinnus)
White-throated Bushtit (Aegithalos niveogularis)
Rufous-fronted Bushtit (Aegithalos iouschistos)
Black-browed Bushtit (Aegithalos bonvaloti)
Burmese Bushtit (Aegithalos sharpei)
Sooty Bushtit (Aegithalos fuliginosus)
Pygmy Bushtit (Aegithalos exilis)
White-browed Tit-warbler (Leptopoecile sophiae)
Crested Tit-warbler (Leptopoecile elegans)
American Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)


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The bushtits or long-tailed tits, Aegithalidae, are a family of small passerine birds. The family contains 11 species in four genera.

All are forest birds, particularly forest edge and understory habitats. The species in the genus Aegithalos prefer deciduous or mixed deciduous forests, while the tiny Pygmy Tit is found mostly in montane coniferous forest. The Bushtit is found in a wide range of habitats, including on occasion sagebrush and other arid shrublands, but is most common in mixed woodland. Most species in this family live in mountainous habitats in and around the Himalayas, and all are distributed in Eurasia except the American Bushtit, which is native to western North America. The Long-tailed Tit has the most widespread distribution of any species of Aegithalidae, occurring across Eurasia from Britain to Japan. Two species in contrast have tiny distributions, the Burmese Bushtit, which is entirely restricted to two mountains in Burma, and the Pygmy Bushtit, which is restricted to the mountains of western Java. The species in this family are generally not migratory, although the Long-tailed Tit is prone to dispersing in the northern edges of its range (particularly in Siberia). Many mountainous species move to lower ground during the winter.

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