Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

Bridled Titmouse (Baeolophus wollweberi)


French: Mésange arlequin German: Brillenmeise Spanish: Herrerillo embridado

Lophophanes wollweberi


, 1850,

Zacatecas, Mexico


Sometimes placed in Lophophanes, but molecular data indicate much closer relationship to members of present genus. Nominate race and phillipsi intergrade in NW Mexico; caliginosus often merged with nominate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. w. vandevenderi (Rea, 1986) – SW USA (C Arizona, extreme SW New Mexico).
  • B. w. phillipsi (van Rossem, 1947) – SW USA (SE Arizona) and NW Mexico (E Sonora, Chihuahua, N Sinaloa, N Durango).
  • B. w. wollweberi (Bonaparte, 1850) – C & S Mexico (Sinaloa and Durango and C Nuevo León S to Michoacán and Puebla).
  • B. w. caliginosus (van Rossem, 1947) – SW Mexico (Guerrero, Oaxaca).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5–13·5 cm; 8·8–11·7 g. Medium-sized, crested tit with black-and-white face pattern and black bib. Nominate race has upper forehead and crown grey, sides of... read more


    Calls include frequently given “chick-a-dee-dee”, also metallic “psit”, sibilant “sik” or sharper “... read more


    Evergreen montane forests of oak (Quercus), pine (Pinus) and juniper (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not well known, but presumed to include small invertebrates and larvae. Food-caching recorded in captivity, but not documented for... read more


    Poorly known. Season at least Apr to early Jun; probably single-brooded. Territorial during breeding. Nest an untidy mat or platform of... read more


    Resident, with some short-distance descent to lower levels in non-breeding season. During Sept to... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common; locally abundant in Arizona. Some expansion of breeding range in Arizona; this countered by some withdrawal in non-breeding... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gosler, A. & Clement, P. (2020). Bridled Titmouse (Baeolophus wollweberi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).