Coal Tit, Periparus ater
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Periparus
Sélys Longchamps, 1884

Periparus ater
Periparus rufonuchalis
Periparus rubidiventris

Periparus is a genus of birds in the tit family that, as defined here, consists of the following species:

In Pardaliparus:

All occur in Asia; the Coal Tit also has a wide range in Europe and North Africa. These birds have white cheeks and most have a tufted head.

Most authorities consider Periparus a subgenus of the genus Parus, but the Handbook of the Birds of the World considers it distinct (del Hoyo et al. 2007), as does the American Ornithologists' Union[citation needed]. This is supported by mtDNA (cytochrome b) sequence analysis (Gill et al., 2005).

The Yellow-bellied Tit of China and the Palawan Tit and Elegant Tit of the Philippines are sometimes placed in a separate genus, Pardaliparus.

To add to the uncertainty, the Elegant Tit is probably paraphyletic and the Coal Tit may be. The melanolophus race of the Coal Tit, called the Spot-winged Tit or Black-crested Tit, may be a separate species, in which case other races of the Coal Tit would be as well.


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