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This Rainbow Bird Has Stunning Plumage But A Silly Name, It's A White-Browed Tit-Warbler

This Rainbow Bird Has Stunning Plumage But A Silly Name, It's A White-Browed Tit-Warbler

The white-browed tit-warbler aka Leptopoecile sophiae is a species of bird in the family Aegithalidae.

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This hansome little chap breeds in high-altitude forests but often descends into foothills throughout winter. His lucious plummage makes him a photographer's dream.

Imran Shah - Flickr
Imran Shah - Flickr

This bird mainly travels alone but can also be seen in small flocks.

Male white-browed tit-warblers are often startlingly coloured, with patches of violet-blue and mauve.

Ron Knight Flickr
Ron Knight Flickr

The white-browed tit-warbler can be found in China, India, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

Imran Shah - Flickr
Imran Shah - Flickr

Both males and females have a light brown crown and white supercilium (eyebrow). The rump and upper tail-coverts are violet blue. Females are generally duller, and can be distinguished by their pale underparts, whereas the males have violet-blue underparts and chest.

White-browed tit-warblers generally live in pairs during the breeding season, but will join flocks of 25 or more individuals at the end of the season. During winter these flocks may become multi-species.

Imran Shah - Flickr
Imran Shah - Flickr

According to a study done in the mountains of Tibet, the white-browed tit-warbler begins breeding before any other local songbird, generally starting in early April and running through July.

The Tibetan study noted some unusual behavior, such as two females attending a single nest, which means that the species may practice cooperative breeding.

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