White-cheecked bushtit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: animalia
Phylum: chordata
Class: aves
Order: passeriformes
Family: aegithalidae
Genus: aegithalos
Species: aegithalos leucogenys
This small African tit (aegithalos leucogenys) is related to the long tailed tit.


11 cm; 6–8 g. A typical long-tailed tit in shape, with medium-long tail, white cheek patch and blackish bib. Forehead and centre of crown are cinnamon-drab.


Similar to the long-tailed tit's. This bird is often found in pairs.


Contact call “si-si-si-si”.

Food and feeding Edit

Feeds on insects and spiders (Araneae). Forages largely in shrub layer, also in crowns of holly oaks and well-grown junipers.


Resident, with some seasonal altitudinal movement. Also some limited post-breeding dispersal.


Season late Mar to May. Both sexes collect nest material; nest an upright oval ball c. 110 × 85 mm, entrance at side near top.



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