Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Green-backed Tit (Parus monticolus) - HBW 12, p. 741

French: Mésange montagnarde German: Bergkohlmeise Spanish: Carbonero Dorsiverde

Taxonomy: Parus monticolus Vigors, 1831, Simla, Himalayas, north India.
Part of a species group which includes also P. major, P. bokharensis and P. nuchalis. Nominate race and yunnanensis intergrade in W Nepal. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • monticolus Vigors, 1831 - W & C Himalayas from N Pakistan E to W Nepal and SW China (S Xizang).
  • yunnanensis La Touche, 1922 - E Himalayas E to NE India (including S Assam), C & S China (S Gansu and S Shaanxi S to S Yunnan and Guizhou), W, N & NE Myanmar, extreme NW Vietnam and C Laos.
  • legendrei Delacour, 1927 - Langbian, in SC Vietnam.
  • insperatus Swinhoe, 1866 - Taiwan.