Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Juniper Titmouse (Baeolophus ridgwayi) - HBW 12, p. 729

French: Mésange des genévriers German: Wacholdermeise Spanish: Herrerillo de Ridgway
Other common names: Ridgway’s Titmouse; Plain Titmouse (when treated as conspecific with B. inornatus)

Taxonomy: Parus inornatus ridgwayi Richmond, 1902, Iron City, Utah, USA.
Until recently present genus normally subsumed into a broad Parus, and many authors still prefer that treatment. Forms a superspecies with B. inornatus, B. bicolor and B. atricristatus; until recently treated as conspecific with B. inornatus, but differs in morphology and voice. Race zaleptus poorly differentiated, and species sometimes treated as monotypic. Supposedly darker birds in S of range (S from NC Arizona and SW New Mexico) proposed as race plumbescens, but appear to fall within range of variation of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Parus inornatus ridgwayi Richmond, 1902, Iron City, Utah, USA.
Until recently present genus normally subsumed into a broad Parus, and many authors still prefer that treatment. Forms a superspecies with B. inornatus, B. bicolor and B. atricristatus; until recently treated as conspecific with B. inornatus, but differs in morphology and voice. Race zaleptus poorly differentiated, and species sometimes treated as monotypic. Supposedly darker birds in S of range (S from NC Arizona and SW New Mexico) proposed as race plumbescens, but appear to fall within range of variation of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • zaleptus Oberholser, 1932 - W USA (SE Oregon, E California, W Nevada).
  • ridgwayi (Richmond, 1902) - WC USA (S Idaho E to Colorado and extreme W Oklahoma, S to SE Arizona, New Mexico and extreme W Texas) and extreme N Mexico (NE Sonora).

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