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Azure Tit - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Ivan S
Öland, Sweden, October, 2016
Cyanistes cyanus

Includes: Yellow-breasted Tit


12-13 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • White head
  • Dark line through eye
  • Blue upperparts with white wing bars
  • White tail corners


Photo by Pavel
Pripyatsky National Park, Belarus, May 2008

Europe and Asia
Eastern Europe: Scandinavia: Finland. Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Yugoslavia, Romania, Ukraine
Asia: Russia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Pakistan



Yellow-breasted Tit
Photo by Askar Isabekov
Hoja Obigarm, Pamir, Tajikistan, March 2008

There are 8 subspecies in two groups[1]:

  • Azure Tit
  • C. c. cyanus:
  • C. c. hyperrhiphaeus:
  • C. c. koktalensis:
  • Lowlands of south-eastern Kazakstan (south of Lake Balkhash)
  • C. c. tianschanicus:
  • C. c. yenisseensis:
  • Yellow-breasted Tit
  • C. c. carruthersi:
  • Western Pamir Mountains to Fergana basin and eastern Alayskiy Mountains
  • C. c. flavipectus:
  • C. c. berezowskii:
  • North-central China (east Qinghai south of Kokonor on Upper Hwang Ho)


Marshes, scrub and mixed woodlands and temperate and sub-arctic regions.



The diet includes insects and seeds.


Up to 10 eggs are laid in a tree hole.


Call: dee, dee, dee or a scolding churr.
Song: tsi-tsi-tshurr-tsi-tsi-tshurr.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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