Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

Fire-capped Tit (Cephalopyrus flammiceps)


Taxonomy

French: Mésange tête-de-feu German: Flammenstirnmeise Spanish: Pájaro moscón carirrojo
Taxonomy:

Aegithalus [sic] flammiceps

E. Burton

, 1836,

Himalayas = Mussoorie, Himachal Pradesh, India

.

Geographical variation slight and clinal, E birds darkest; proposed race saturatus (Sikkim) included in olivaceus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. f. flammiceps (E. Burton, 1836) – N Pakistan (Gilgit) and Kashmir E to W Nepal; non-breeding NC India.
  • C. f. olivaceus Rothschild, 1923 – C Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh), and SC & S China (S Ningxia, SE Gansu, S Shaanxi, SC Sichuan, SE Xizang, Yunnan and W Guizhou); non-breeding in foothills, also (rarely) E Myanmar, NW Thailand and NW Laos.
  • Descriptive notes

    8·5–9·5 cm; 7 g. Tiny olive-and-yellow passerine with slightly notched short tail (two-thirds of which concealed by long uppertail-coverts) and small, slightly decurved... read more

    Voice

    Song, from top of tall tree, less often in flight, a prolonged series of short trills and... read more

    Habitat

    Breeds in broadleaf mountain forest in W Himalayas, generally between 1800 m and 3000 m, favouring... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small invertebrates, chiefly insects; some vegetable material also taken, e.g. observed to eat flower buds and young leaves, and also to... read more

    Breeding

    Season early Apr to Jun, sometimes later, as juvenile reported as being fed on 31st Aug in Ladakh. Monogamous, solitary nester. Male... read more

    Movements

    Short-distance and altitudinal migrant, W race moving farthest, but distributional division of the... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Not well known; clearly much under-recorded, as it is difficult to locate among leaves of tall forest trees. Locally quite common in W Himalayas,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Madge, S. (2019). Fire-capped Tit (Cephalopyrus flammiceps). 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/59966 on 16 February 2019).