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Indian Black-lored Tit - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Indian Tit; Indian Yellow Tit; Yellow-cheeked Tit

Photo by James Williams
Candolim, Goa, India, March 2009
Machlolophus aplonotus


13cm (5 in)

  • Broad black line (wider in the male) down yellow front
  • Often a shor tyellow superilium in front of eye
  • Black: large crest, neck, throat and head
  • Yellow cheeks and supercilia
  • Olive-green upperparts
  • Two white wingbars
  • White outer tail feathers

Females and young birds are drabber.


Endemic to peninsular India.


Formerly placed in the genus Parus.


Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • M. a. aplonotus: northern and eastern peninsula India
  • M. a. travancoreensis: southern peninsular India

Formerly regarded conspecific with [[Himalayan Black-lored Tit ]].


Well-wooded areas, evergreen forest, mixed bamboo jungle, plantations



The diet includes insects and spiders from the canopy, and sometimes fruit.


Apart from excavating its own, they will utilise woodpecker or barbet holes for their nest. The clutch consists of 3 to 5 red-spotted white eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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