Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Yellow-cheeked Tit (Parus spilonotus) - HBW 12, p. 743

French: Mésange à dos tacheté German: Königsmeise Spanish: Carbonero Carigualdo Chino
Other common names: Black-spotted Yellow Tit; Chinese Yellow Tit (rex)

Taxonomy: Parus spilonotus Bonaparte, 1850, India.
Forms a superspecies with P. xanthogenys, and has in the past been considered conspecific. Races intergrade widely. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • spilonotus Bonaparte, 1850 - E Himalayas from E Nepal E to NE India (including N Assam), N & W Myanmar and SW China (S Xizang).
  • subviridis Blyth, 1855 - NE India (S Assam S to Manipur), Myanmar (except N, W & C), N Thailand and S China (W Yunnan).
  • rex David, 1874 - S & SE China (S Sichuan and S & E Yunnan E to Fujian and S Zhejiang), N Laos and NW Vietnam.
  • basileus (Delacour, 1932) - S Laos and SC Vietnam.