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Alternative names: White-cheeked Bushtit; White-cheeked Long-tailed Tit; Kashmir Tit

Photo by Zagham
Margalla Hills, Islamabad, Pakistan, November-2017
Aegithalos leucogenys


11cm (4¼ in)

  • Typical shape of a long-tailed tit
  • Medium-long tail
  • Black bib and white cheek patch
  • Forehead and crown cinnamon-brown
  • Upperparts greyish-olive
  • Breast and flanks pale pinkish-buff

Juveniles are paler and greyer overall and have a whitish forecrown.


Found in northeast Afghanistan and in Pakistan. Records from India seem doubtful.
Locally common.


This is a monotypic species.


Open dry scrubby forest, tamarisk bushes and thorn scrub.



Feeds on insects and spiders. Forages in flocks but is not as gregarious as other long-tailed tits.


Breeding season from March to May. The nest, an upright oval ball, is woven from grass, moss and vegetable fibres, bound with spider web and lined with feathers. It's placed in a bush some 1 to 3.5 m above the ground. 5 to 8 white eggs are laid.


Resident species with some altitudinal movement.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553453
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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