The Black-Throated Bushtit, A Bird With A Strange Name And Wonderful Colors

by Damjan

This colorful bird is called the black-throated bushtit. It’s very small, 10.5 centimeters (4 inches) high, and weighs between 4-9 grams (0.14-0.317 ounces). But the fantastic thing about it, (other than the name), are the colors. They are incredibly vivid.

Thanks to the Taiwanese wildlife photographer Chen Chengguang, we can also enjoy their flamboyant colors in all their glory. The photographer specializes in bird photography, and it’s obvious.

The images are a beautiful portrayal of one of the prettiest birds. We have compiled a list of some of the best photos, and we know you are going to enjoy them.

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The black-throated bushtit can have different plumage, but all varieties have a medium length tail (while their relatives – the long-tailed tits, have longer tails). It also has a black throat and a black mask around the eyes.

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These birds live in Asia on a vast area that includes the foothills of the Himalayas, northern India and north-eastern Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, north Myanmar, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Some isolated populations also have been identified in southern Vietnam, the Hainan Island, and north China up to the Yellow River.

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Black-throated bushtits usually live in open broadleaved and pine forests. They are known to be highly social, and they travel in large groups of up to 40 birds.

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The black-throated bushtit’s diet consists mainly of insects and small seeds and fruits. It likes raspberries the most.

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