Paridae – Tits, Chickadees

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) by Ray

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) by Ray

As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place. (Proverbs 27:8 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Paridae – Tits, chickadees

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Species (64)

Fire-capped Tit (Cephalopyrus flammiceps)
Yellow-browed Tit (Sylviparus modestus)
Sultan Tit (Melanochlora sultanea)
Rufous-naped Tit (Periparus rufonuchalis)
Rufous-vented Tit (Periparus rubidiventris)
Coal Tit (Periparus ater)
Yellow-bellied Tit (Pardaliparus venustulus)
Elegant Tit (Pardaliparus elegans)
Palawan Tit (Pardaliparus amabilis)
European Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)
Grey Crested Tit (Lophophanes dichrous)
Bridled Titmouse (Baeolophus wollweberi)
Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)
Juniper Titmouse (Baeolophus ridgwayi)
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius)
Owston’s Tit (Sittiparus owstoni)
Iriomote Tit (Sittiparus olivaceus)
Chestnut-bellied Tit (Sittiparus castaneoventris)
White-fronted Tit (Sittiparus semilarvatus)
White-browed Tit (Poecile superciliosus)
Sombre Tit (Poecile lugubris)
Pere David’s Tit (Poecile davidi)
Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris)
Caspian Tit (Poecile hyrcanus)
Black-bibbed Tit (Poecile hypermelaenus)
Willow Tit (Poecile montanus)
Sichuan Tit (Poecile weigoldicus)
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)
Mexican Chickadee (Poecile sclateri)
Grey-headed Chickadee (Poecile cinctus)
Boreal Chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)
African Blue Tit (Cyanistes teneriffae)
Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Azure Tit (Cyanistes cyanus)
Ground Tit (Pseudopodoces humilis)
Great Tit (Parus major)
Japanese Tit (Parus minor)
Cinereous Tit (Parus cinereus)
Green-backed Tit (Parus monticolus)
White-naped Tit (Machlolophus nuchalis)
Yellow Tit (Machlolophus holsti)
Himalayan Black-lored Tit (Machlolophus xanthogenys)
Indian Black-lored Tit (Machlolophus aplonotus)
Yellow-cheeked Tit (Machlolophus spilonotus)
White-shouldered Black Tit (Melaniparus guineensis)
White-winged Black Tit (Melaniparus leucomelas)
Southern Black Tit (Melaniparus niger)
Carp’s Tit (Melaniparus carpi)
White-bellied Tit (Melaniparus albiventris)
White-backed Black Tit (Melaniparus leuconotus)
Dusky Tit (Melaniparus funereus)
Rufous-bellied Tit (Melaniparus rufiventris)
Cinnamon-breasted Tit (Melaniparus pallidiventris)
Red-throated Tit (Melaniparus fringillinus)
Stripe-breasted Tit (Melaniparus fasciiventer)
Acacia Tit (Melaniparus thruppi)
Miombo Tit (Melaniparus griseiventris)
Ashy Tit (Melaniparus cinerascens)
Grey Tit (Melaniparus afer)


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Kent Nickell
Ray’s Wildlife Photography
Robert Scanlon’s Gallery
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The tits, chickadees, and titmice constitute Paridae, a large family of small passerine birds which occur in the northern hemisphere and Africa. Most were formerly classified in the genus Parus.

These birds are called either “chickadees” (onomatopoeic, derived from their distinctive “chick-a dee dee dee” alarm call) or “titmice” in North America, and just “tits” in the rest of the English-speaking world. The name titmouse is recorded from the 14th century, composed of the Old English name for the bird, mase (Proto-Germanic *maison, German Meise) and tit, denoting something small. The spelling was influenced by mouse in the 16th century. Emigrants to New Zealand presumably identified some of the superficially similar birds of the genus Petroica of the family Petroicidae, the Australian robins, as members of the tit family, giving them the title Tomtit although, in fact, they are not related.

These birds are mainly small stocky woodland species with short stout bills. Some have crests. They range in length from 10 to 22 centimetres. They are adaptable birds, with a mixed diet including seeds and insects.[1] Many species will live around human habitation and come readily to bird feeders for nuts or seed, and learn to take other foods. In Britain, Great Tits and Blue Tits famously learned to break open the foil caps sealing bottles of milk that had been delivered to homes to get at the cream floating on top. (Wikipedia)

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