Backyard Birds

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice

The tits, chickadees, and titmice (family Paridae) are small birds that are found in the northern hemisphere and Africa. These birds are mostly small stocky birds with short, stout bills that inhabit woodlands.


The tits, chickadees and titmice (family Paridae) are small birds that are found in the northern hemisphere and Africa.

These birds are mostly small stocky birds with short, stout bills that inhabit woodlands.

These adaptable birds feed on seeds and insects; and may take advantage of bird feeders..

These are hole-nesting birds laying speckled white eggs.


  • Marsh Tit, Parus palustris (Poecile palustris)
  • Black-bibbed Tit, Parus hypermelaena (Poecile hypermelaena)
  • Sombre Tit, Parus lugubris (Poecile lugubris)
  • Caspian Tit, Parus hyrcana (Poecile hyrcanus)
  • Willow Tit, Parus montanus (Poecile montana)
  • Songar Tit, Parus songarus (Poecile songara)
  • Carolina Chickadees, Parus carolinensis (Poecile carolinensis)
  • Black-capped Chickadees, Parus atricapilla (Poecile atricapillus)
  • Mountain Chickadee, Parus gambeli (Poecile gambeli)
  • Mexican Chickadee, Parus sclateri (Poecile sclateri)
  • White-browed Tit, Parus superciliosus (Poecile superciliosa)
  • Père David’s Tit, Parus davidi (Poecile davidi)
  • Boreal Chickadee, Parus hudsonicus (Poecile hudsonica)
  • Siberian Tit or Gray-headed Chickadee, Parus cinctus (Poecile cincta)
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Parus rufescens (Poecile rufescens)

  • Rufous-naped Tit or Black-breasted Tit, Parus rufonuchalis (Periparus rufonuchalis) : The Rufous-naped Tit (Parus rufonuchalis), also known as the Black-breasted Tit or Dark-grey Tit, is a species of the family Paridae. This tit is a native of the western Himalayas, but has a very large range, including India, China, Pakistan, Turkestan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. It was formerly classified as Periparus rufonuchalis.
  • Rufous-vented Tit, Parus rubidiventris (Periparus rubidiventris)
  • Spot-winged Tit or Black-crested Tit, Parus melanolophus (Periparus melanolophus)
  • Coal Tit, Parus ater (Periparus ater)
  • Yellow-bellied Tit, Parus venustulus (Pardaliparus venustulus)
  • Elegant Tit, Parus elegans (Pardaliparus elegans)
  • Palawan Tit, Parus amabilis (Pardaliparus amabilis)
  • Crested Tit, Parus cristatus (Lophophanes cristatus)
  • Grey-crested Tit, Parus dichrous (Lophophanes dichrous)
  • White-shouldered Tit, Parus guineensis (Melaniparus guineensis)
  • White-winged Black Tit, Parus leucomelas (Melaniparus leucomelas): The White-winged Black Tit Parus leucomelas, also known as the White-winged Tit, is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is found in central Africa, from Angola in the west to Ethiopia in the east.
  • Southern Black Tit, Parus niger (Melaniparus niger)
  • Carp’s Tit, Parus carpi (Melaniparus carpi)
  • White-bellied Tit, Parus albiventris (Melaniparus albiventris)
  • White-backed Tit, Parus leuconotus (Melaniparus leuconotus)
  • Dusky Tit, Parus funereus (Melaniparus funereus)
  • Rufous-bellied Tit, Parus rufiventris (Melaniparus rufiventris)
  • Cinnamon-breasted Tit, Parus pallidiventris (Melaniparus pallidiventris)
  • Red-throated Tit, Parus fringillinus (Melaniparus fringillinus)
  • Stripe-breasted Tit, Parus fasciiventer (Melaniparus fasciiventer)
  • Acacia Tit or Somali Tit, Parus thruppi (Melaniparus thruppi)
  • Miombo Tit, Parus griseiventris (Melaniparus griseiventris)
  • Ashy Tit, Parus cinerascens (Melaniparus cinerascens)
  • Southern Grey Tit, Parus afer (Melaniparus afer)
  • Great Tit, Parus major Sombre Tit (Poecile lugubris)
  • Japanese Tit, Parus minor : Japanese Tit (Parus minor), also known as Oriental Tit, is a passerine bird which replaces the similar Great Tit in Japan and the Russian Far East beyond the Amur River, including the Kuril Islands. Until recently, this species was classified as a subspecies of Great Tit, but Russian studies have indicated that the two species coexist in the Russian Far East without intermingling or frequent hybridization.
  • Turkestan Tit, Parus bokharensis
  • Green-backed Tit, Parus monticolus
  • White-winged Tit, Parus nuchalis
  • Black-lored Tit, Parus xanthogenys
  • Yellow-cheeked Tit, Parus spilonotus
  • Yellow Tit, Parus holsti (Macholophus holsti)
  • Blue Tit, Parus caeruleus (Cyanistes caeruleus)
  • Azure Tit, Parus cyanus (Cyanistes cyanus)

  • Yellow-breasted Tit, Parus flavipectus (Cyanistes flavipectus)
  • Varied Tit, Parus varius (Sittiparus varius)
  • White-fronted Tit, Parus semilarvatus (Sittiparus semilarvatus)
  • Bridled Titmouse, Baeolophus wollweberi
  • Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
  • Juniper Titmouse, Baeolophus ridgwayi
  • Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor
  • Black-crested Titmouse, Baeolophus atricristatus
  • Yellow-browed Tit, Sylviparus modestus
  • Sultan Tit, Melanochlora sultanea : The Sultan Tit, Melanochlora sultanea is a large, up to 20.5cm long, songbird with a yellow crest, dark bill, black upperparts plumage and yellow below. Males and females look alike. The female has greenish black upperparts and yellowish throat. Young bird is duller than adult and has shorter crest. It is the only member of monotypic genus Melanochlora. The Sultan Tit is distributed in rainforests of Southeast Asia, from Bangladesh, India, China, Nepal, Indochina to Sumatra, Indonesia. One subspecies of Sultan Tit, Melanochlora sultanea gayeti of Laos and Vietnam is distinguish for having a black crest on both male and female. Widespread throughout its large range, the Sultan Tit is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Marsh Tit
  • Hume’s Ground Tit, previously Hume’s Ground Jay, Pseudopodoces humilis
    (This species has only recently been removed from the Crow family Corvidae and placed into the Tit family.)

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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