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Silver-throated bushtit

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Silver-throated bushtit
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Aegithalidae
Genus: Aegithalos
A. glaucogularis
Binomial name
Aegithalos glaucogularis
(Gould, 1855)

The silver-throated bushtit or silver-throated tit (Aegithalos glaucogularis) is a species of bird in the family Aegithalidae. It is widely spread throughout central and eastern China and south towards Yunnan. Its natural habitat is temperate forests.


A paper on the silver-throated bushtit by the English naturalist Frederic Moore was read at a meeting of the Zoological Society of London on 27 June 1854.[2] The English ornithologist John Gould then included the silver-throated bushtit in his book The Birds of Asia and cited Moore's paper. Gould used Moore's specific name but a different genus to obtain the binomial name Mecistura glaucogularis. He specified the type locality as Shanghai.[3] As Gould's work appeared in print in 1855 before the publication of the proceedings of the Zoological Society, under the rules of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature Gould's publication has priority.[4] The name glaucogularis combines the Latin glaucus "glaucous" and the New Latin gularis "throated".[5]

The silver-throated bushtit was formerly considered a subspecies of the long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) but the plumage is distinctive and there are significant genetic differences.[6][7]

Two subspecies are recognised:[8]

  • A. g. vinaceus (Verreaux, J, 1871) – central and northeast China
  • A. g. glaucogularis (Gould, 1855) – east central China


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Aegithalos glaucogularis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T103871974A104153820. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103871974A104153820.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ Moore, Frederic (1854). "Descriptions of three new species of titmice". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 22 (268): 139-140 [140]. The title page of the issue gives the year as 1854 but it was published in 1855.
  3. ^ Gould, John (1855). The Birds of Asia. Volume 2. London: self. Plate 69 and text. |volume= has extra text (help)
  4. ^ Dickinson, E.C.; Christidis, L., eds. (2014). The Howard & Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines (4th ed.). Eastbourne, UK: Aves Press. p. 509 Footnote 2. ISBN 978-0-9568611-2-2. |volume= has extra text (help)
  5. ^ Jobling, J.A. (2018). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  6. ^ Harrap, S (2018). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Silver-throated Tit (Aegithalos glaucogularis)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  7. ^ Päckert, M.; Martens, J.; Sun, Y.-H. (2010). "Phylogeny of long-tailed tits and allies inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear markers (Aves: Passeriformes, Aegithalidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 55 (3): 952–967. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.01.024.
  8. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2017). "Bushtits, leaf warblers, reed warblers". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
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