Yellow-cheeked Tit Machlolophus spilonotus(aka Parus spilonotus
Yellow-cheeked Tit, Lingmethang Road, Mongar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image


The Yellow-cheeked Tit is distributed from eastern Nepal along the Himalayas to central and southern China, Myanmar, Thailand and Indochina. It is found in deciduous or mixed forest as well as more open areas including gardens.

Yellow-cheeked Tit, Pele La, Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image It has a prominent black crest with yellow rear edging, a yellow forehead and face with a black line behind the eye and a black centre on its yellow throat, breast and belly. It has white wing-bars and black streaks on a greenish mantle.

It is noisy and confiding as it feeds on insects, larvae, buds and berries in the middle and lower levels of the forest.
Yellow-cheeked Tit, Shemgang, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image There are recordings on xeno-canto and additional information is available via Avibase.
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