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Paridae - Tits, Chickadees, Titmice

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes 
 Family: Paridae
Black-capped chickadeeThere are around 51 species in this family. The are found in North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

They are small birds between 3-8 inches in length. They have short to medium length rounded wings; short to long tails; long toes; and short, stout bills.

Their plumage is usually a combination of gray, black, white, brown, and yellow. Males and females look alike.

They eat insects and seeds and are found in forests and brushlands.


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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus Least Concern breeds in NH
Boreal Chickadee - Poecile hudsonicus Least Concern breeds in NH
Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor Least Concern breeds in NH

  Bridled Titmouse - Baeolophus wollweberi Least Concern
Carolina Chickadee - Poecile carolinensis Least Concern
Siberian Tit - Parus cinctus Least Concern
Mountain Chickadee - Poecile gambeli Least Concern
Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens Least Concern
Mexican Chickadee - Parus sclateri Least Concern

North/Central American Species

 
Black-crested Titmouse - Baeolophus atricristatus Least Concern
Oak Titmouse - Baeolophus inornatus Least Concern
Juniper Titmouse - Baeolophus ridgwayi Least Concern
 

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH

Black-crested Titmouse - Baeolophus atricristatus Least Concern North America
Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
Oak Titmouse - Baeolophus inornatus Least Concern North America
Juniper Titmouse - Baeolophus ridgwayi Least Concern North America
Bridled Titmouse - Baeolophus wollweberi Least Concern North America
Sultan Tit - Melanochlora sultanea Least Concern Asia
Gray Tit - Parus afer Least Concern Africa
White-bellied Tit - Parus albiventris Least Concern Africa
Palawan Tit - Parus amabilis Near Threatened Asia
Coal Tit -Parus ater Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Black-capped Chickadee - Parus atricapillus Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
Blue Tit - Parus caeruleus Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Carolina Chickadee - Parus carolinensis Least Concern North America
Siberian Tit - Parus cinctus Least Concern Asia Europe North America
Ashy Tit - Parus cinerascens Least Concern Africa
Crested Tit - Parus cristatus Least Concern Asia Europe
Parus cyanus Least Concern Asia Europe

Rusty-breasted Tit - Parus davidi Least Concern Asia
Gray-crested Tit - Parus dichrous Least Concern Asia
Elegant Tit - Parus elegans Least Concern Asia
Stripe-breasted Tit - Parus fasciiventer Least Concern Africa
Red-throated Tit - Parus fringillinus Least Concern Africa
Dusky Tit - Parus funereus Least Concern Africa
Mountain Chickadee - Poecile gambeli Least Concern North America
Miombo Tit - Parus griseiventris Least Concern Africa
Yellow Tit - Parus holsti Near Threatened Asia
  Boreal Chickadee - Poecile hudsonicus Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
Black-bibbed Tit - Parus hypermelaenus Least Concern Asia
White-winged Tit - Parus leucomelas Least Concern Africa
White-backed Tit - Parus leuconotus Least Concern Africa
Sombre Tit - Parus lugubris Least Concern Asia Europe
Great Tit - Parus major Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Willow Tit - Parus montanus Least Concern Europe
Green-backed Tit - Parus monticolus Least Concern Asia
Black Tit - Parus niger Least Concern Africa
White-naped Tit - Parus nuchalis Vulnerable Asia
Marsh Tit - Poecile palustris Least Concern Europe
Rufous-vented Tit - Parus rubidiventris Least Concern Asia
Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens Least Concern North America
Rufous-bellied Tit - Parus rufiventris Least Concern Africa
Dark-Gray Tit - Parus rufonuchalis Least Concern Asia
Mexican Chickadee - Parus sclateri Least Concern North America
White-fronted Tit - Parus semilarvatus Near Threatened Asia
Yellow-cheeked Tit - Parus spilonotus Least Concern Asia
White-browed Tit - Parus superciliosus Least Concern Asia
Somali Tit - Parus thruppi Least Concern Africa
Varied Tit - Poecile varius Least Concern Asia
Yellow-bellied Tit - Parus venustulus Least Concern Asia
Black-lored Tit - Parus xanthogenys Least Concern Asia
Tibetan Ground-tit - Pseudopodoces humilis Least Concern Asia
Yellow-browed Tit - Sylviparus modestus Least Concern Asia

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Ashy Tit - Parus cinerascens Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The ashy tit is found in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black Tit - Parus niger Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The black tit is found in Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-capped Chickadee - Parus atricapillus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
The black-capped chickadee is found in Canada and the northern half of the United States.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-capped Chickadee - Parus atricapillus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
The black-capped chickadee eats insects, spiders, berries, and seeds.
Source: Bird Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-capped Chickadee - Parus atricapillus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
The black-capped chickadee is found near the edges of wooded areas.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-crested Titmouse - Baeolophus atricristatus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The black-crested titmouse is found in Texas and Mexico.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-lored Tit - Parus xanthogenys Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The black-lored tit is found in India, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Blue Tit - Parus caeruleus profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The blue tit is found in Europe, the Middle East, extreme northern Africa, and western Asia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Blue Tit - Parus caeruleus Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The blue tit is found in deciduous and mixed forests and woodlands.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Blue Tit - Parus caeruleus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The blue tit is non-migratory.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Boreal Chickadee - Poecile hudsonicus profile Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
The boreal chickadee is found in Canada and parts of the northern United States, including New Hampshire.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Boreal Chickadee - Poecile hudsonicus Photos Audio Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
The boreal chickadee has a brown cap, a black bib, and white cheeks.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Boreal Chickadee - Poecile hudsonicus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
The boreal chickadee hides food to eat later.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Boreal Chickadee - Poecile hudsonicus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
The boreal chickadee eats insects, spiders, and seeds.
Source: Bird Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bridled Titmouse - Baeolophus wollweberi profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The bridled titmouse is found in Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bridled Titmouse - Baeolophus wollweberi Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America
The bridled titmouse is gray and white with a black throat and a gray crest on its head.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Carolina Chickadee - Poecile carolinensis profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The Carolina chickadee is found in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Carolina Chickadee - Poecile carolinensis profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The Carolina chickadee looks a lot like the black-capped chickadee.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Carolina Chickadee - Poecile carolinensis profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
There are four subspecies of Carolina chickadee.
Source: National Geographic Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Parus rufescens profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The chestnut-backed chickadee is found in the western United States and western Canada.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The chestnut-backed chickadee eats seeds, spiders, caterpillars, and insects.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The chestnut-backed chickadee is found in moist coniferous forests.
Source: Bird Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Tit - Parus major profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The great tit is found in Europe, the Middle East, Central and Northern Asia, and North Africa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Tit - Parus major profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The great tit is green and yellow with a black head and white cheeks.
Source: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Great Tit - Parus major Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The great tit eats insects.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Tit - Parus major Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
The great tit is found in woodlands, parks, and gardens.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Green-backed Tit - Parus monticolus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The green-backed tit is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Vietnam
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Juniper Titmouse - Baeolophus ridgwayi Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America
The juniper titmouse is found in Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Juniper Titmouse - Baeolophus ridgwayi Photos Video Least Concern North America
The juniper titmouse and the oak titmouse were both called the plain titmouse until they were identified as two different species in 1996.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mountain Chickadee - Poecile gambeli profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The mountain chickadee is found in the mountains of the western United States and Canada.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mountain Chickadee - Poecile gambeli profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The mountain chickadee has soft insulating down next to its skin that helps keep it warm in cold weather.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mountain Chickadee - Poecile gambeli profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The mountain chickadee is found in dry coniferous forests.
Source: Bird Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Oak Titmouse - Baeolophus inornatus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The oak titmouse is found from California south to Baja California, Mexico.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Oak Titmouse - Baeolophus inornatus Photos Video Least Concern North America
The oak titmouse and the juniper titmouse were both called the plain titmouse until they were identified as two different species in 1996.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Somali Tit - Parus thruppi Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The Somali tit is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Stripe-breasted Tit - Parus fasciiventer Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The stripe-breasted tit is found in Burundi, The Democratic Republic of the Congo,, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Sultan Tit - Melanochlora sultanea Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The sultan tit is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Tibetan Ground-tit - Pseudopodoces humilis Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The sultan tit is found in China, India, and Nepal.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
The tufted titmouse is found across the eastern United States.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
The tufted titmouse has a pointed crest on the top of its head.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species breeds in NH
The tufted titmouse often joins chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers at bird feeders.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-backed Tit - Parus leuconotus Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The white-backed tit is found in Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-bellied Tit - Parus albiventris Photos Least Concern Africa
The white-bellied tit is found in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-naped Tit - Parus nuchalis Photos Video Audio Vulnerable Asia
The white-naped tit is found in India.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-naped Tit - Parus nuchalis Photos Video Audio Vulnerable Asia
The white-naped tit population is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

White-winged Tit - Parus leucomelas Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The white-winged tit is found in central and southern Africa.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow Tit - Parus holsti Photos Video Near Threatened Asia
The yellow tit is found in Taiwan.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-browed Tit - Sylviparus modestus Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The yellow-browed tit is found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos,Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-cheeked Tit - Parus spilonotus Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The yellow-cheeked tit is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, India, Laos Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No