Family Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalidae)

Least Concern

Crested Tit-warbler (Leptopoecile elegans)


Taxonomy

French: Orite mitrée German: Schopfhähnchen Spanish: Carbonerito elegante
Taxonomy:

Leptopoecile elegans

Przevalski

, 1887,

upper Huang He, south-east Qinghai, China

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Birds from Malashi country, S of Litang (SE Xizang–W Sichuan), described as race meissneri, but probably inseparable from those elsewhere in species’ range. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution:

C & E Qinghai, S Inner Mongolia (Ala Shan and Helan Shan), Ningxia (Helan Shan) and S Gansu (S Qilian Shan) S to SE Xizang and W & C Sichuan, in C China. Recorded in NE India (McMahon Line, NW Arunachal Pradesh), where probably resident#R.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; one male 8 g. Tiny, crested passerine with relatively long, graduated tail; male exquisite in coloration. Male has forehead greyish-white, crown pale ash-grey,... read more

Voice

Calls include very thin, plaintive, descending “pseee”, similar to call of L.... read more

Habitat

Conifer forest, especially spruce (Picea); outside breeding season sometimes found in... read more

Food and feeding

Food insects. Forages high in trees in manner of kinglets and firecrests (Regulus), and frequently along small branches in manner... read more

Breeding

Very poorly known. A nest seenc. 15 m up in a conifer; once both partners observed in late Apr while collecting nest material, including... read more

Movements

Poorly known. Usually presumed to be resident, but possible that the populations in extreme N of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally rather uncommon. Possible occurrence in extreme NW India (NW Arunachal Pradesh) requires investigation.  

Recommended citation

Harrap, S. (2019). Crested Tit-warbler (Leptopoecile elegans). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59752 on 21 January 2019).