Sooty Bushtit (Aegithalos fuliginosus)

The Sooty Bushtit is a small, insect-eating bird found in parts of Asia, including Mongolia, Russia, and China. It is a member of the Aegithalidae family which is also known as long-tailed tits. The bird is six to seven centimeters long and weighs only 6–7 grams. The Sooty Bushtit is notable for its bright-eyed, black and white facial pattern, and for a long, black tail that makes up more than half of its overall length.

Sooty Bushtits are highly social and usually travel in small flocks of up to ten birds. They are known for their acrobatic displays, with birds often hanging upside down from branches or flitting rapidly between trees. During the winter months, Sooty Bushtits move to lower elevations where they are less likely to face severe weather conditions.

These birds prefer to forage in tree canopies and scrublands, where they find small insects and other arthropods to feed on. They are also known to eat the eggs and larva of insects. Sooty Bushtits are active throughout the year, making constant high-pitched sounds as they move around in search of food.

Sooty Bushtits build small, compact, purse-like nests made from mosses, lichens, spider webs, and cobwebs. They can be found in the branches of broad-leaved trees or dense shrubs, and are often well-concealed from view. Breeding pairs are highly territorial and will fiercely defend their nests against intruders.

The Sooty Bushtit is considered to be a species of least concern due to their large global range and stable population level. However, they still face some threats from habitat loss and fragmentation caused by human activities as well as predators such as rats, cats, and owls. Conservation efforts aimed to preserve their habitats and raise awareness about their importance and role in the ecosystem are crucial to ensuring the survival of these beautiful birds.

Other names

Aegithalos fuliginosus



Sooty Bushtit

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