Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) - HBW 12, p. 730

French: Mésange bicolore German: Indianermeise Spanish: Herrerillo Bicolor
Other common names: Eastern Tufted Titmouse

Taxonomy: Parus bicolor Linnaeus, 1766, South Carolina, 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. ridgwayi and B. atricristatus. Was until recently treated as conspecific with last of these, and the two hybridize in a narrow zone in C Texas, but they generally differ somewhat in ecology; further study required. Monotypic.

Distribution: Extreme SE Canada (S Ontario) and E USA (SE Minnesota E to S Maine, S to C & E Texas and S Florida).