Family Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalidae)

Least Concern

Grey-crowned Tit (Aegithalos annamensis)


Taxonomy

French: Orite d’Annam German: Grauscheitel-Schwanzmeise Spanish: Mito gorjinegro de Annam
Taxonomy:

Aegithaliscus annamensis

Robinson and Kloss

, 1919,

southern Annam, Vietnam

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. concinnus including A. iredalei, but differs from latter in characters given under that species (which see). Differs from former in its grey vs orange-rufous breastband (3); longer tail (at least 1); and length of notes and pitch change in the high-pitched rattle-call (notes initially longer and becoming shorter vs constant length; and on one pitch vs descending) (4); further, differs from all races of A. concinnus except pulchellus in its grey vs rufous crown (3), and from all races except manipurensis in its grey-flecked postocular line vs none (2); differs from A. c. pulchellus in its grey vs pale greyish-buff crown (2) and from A. c. manipurensis in its more extensive postocular flecking (1). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

S Laos (Bolovens Plateau), Vietnam (C & S Annam) and adjacent Cambodia (Phumi Dak Dam).

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm. Highly distinctive. Adult has forehead pale dull grey, merging into slightly darker grey from centre of crown to nape, vague white-flecked grey postocular band back... read more

Voice

Gives distinctive high-pitched rattle-call in which notes gradually become shorter but remain all... read more

Habitat

Edges of broadleaf and mixed forests, also secondary growth. Occurs at 60–1980 m, with breeding... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; presumably also small fruits and seeds. Forages in middle and lower storeys, occasionally ascending into canopy. Active; searches... read more

Breeding

Season Feb–Jun. Nest an oval ball with side entrance near top, made from moss, lichen, rootlets, hair, spider egg cases and vegetable down... read more

Movements

Resident; some small-scale seasonal altitudinal movements likely.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common. Although its global population size has not been assessed, this species is thought not to be at any immediate risk. No... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Grey-crowned Tit (Aegithalos annamensis). 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/1343945 on 25 January 2020).