Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

Yellow-browed Tit (Sylviparus modestus)


Taxonomy

French: Mésange modeste German: Laubmeise Spanish: Herrerillo modesto
Taxonomy:

Sylviparus modestus

E. Burton

, 1836,

Nepal

.

Somewhat darker birds in hills of S Assam (NE India) sometimes separated as race saturatior. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. m. simlaensis E. C. S. Baker, 1917 – NW Himalayas from Kashmir E to NC India (Kumaon).
  • S. m. modestus E. Burton, 1836 – C & E Himalayas, NE India (hills of S Assam to Nagaland and Manipur), N, W & SE Myanmar, SC & SE China (SE Xizang, Yunnan, E Sichuan and Guizhou; also NW Fujian and SW Zhejiang), NW Thailand, N & SE Laos and N & SC Vietnam (W Tonkin, S Annam).
  • S. m. klossi Delacour & Jabouille, 1930 – SC Vietnam (Da Lat Plateau).
  • Descriptive notes

    9–10 cm; 5–9 g. Small tit, the smallest member of family, with small bill, short tail and thick legs, and distinctive greenish plumage and quick actions. Nominate... read more

    Voice

    Calls include thin or strident “tsit”, “psit” or “pit”, as well... read more

    Habitat

    Temperate montane and submontane forests, mostly oak (Quercus), rhododendron (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet largely unknown, but presumably includes small invertebrates and larvae, also some seeds. Usually solitary or in pairs or small groups... read more

    Breeding

    Poorly known. Season at least Apr–May. Nest mostly a pad of moss, with animal hair or fur, placed up to 7 m from ground in natural... read more

    Movements

    Resident and short-distance altitudinal migrant. Post-breeding descent to lower levels in many... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common in much of range. Uncommon in W Himalayas (E to C Nepal) and uncommon in NW Thailand.

    Recommended citation

    Gosler, A. & Clement, P. (2019). Yellow-browed Tit (Sylviparus modestus). 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/59912 on 18 March 2019).