Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Grey-crested Tit (Lophophanes dichrous) - HBW 12, p. 725

French: Mésange des bouleaux German: Grauhaubenmeise Spanish: Herrerillo Crestigrís
Other common names: Brown Crested Tit

Taxonomy: Parus dichrous Blyth, 1845, Nepal.
Until recently present genus normally subsumed into a broad Parus, and many authors still prefer that treatment. Relationship with L. cristatus uncertain; further study needed. Both were previously considered, on grounds mainly of morphology, to have close affinity with Baeolophus wollweberi. Race wellsi intergrades with both nominate and dichroides in S China. E Himalayan populations perhaps separable from nominate as race izzardi, on basis of longer wing. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • kangrae Whistler, 1932 - NW Himalayas (Jammu and Kashmir E to Kumaon).
  • dichrous (Blyth, 1845) - C & E Himalayas E to SW China (S Xizang).
  • dichroides Przevalski, 1876 - C China (E & S Qinghai, S Gansu and S Shaanxi S to N Sichuan).
  • wellsi (Stuart Baker, 1917) - S China (E Xizang E to N Sichuan and W & N Yunnan) and NE Myanmar.

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