Japanese Tit

The Japanese Tit (Parsus minor) used to be considered a sub-species of the Great Tit (Parsus major) until researchers in Russia found that that it does not breed or hybridize with the Great Tit. The studies were published in 2005 and took place in the Amur River Basin for 40 years.

It probably looks much like the Great Tit, hence the reason why ornithologists thought it was the same species. This map from Wikipedia shows the other subspecies ranges.

Some scientists disagree with this speciation. I like it because it is a new bird species for me. The Great Tit was one of my favorite birds in Serbia. It was a hardy bird that made it through the winter in Belgrade and was a frequent visitor to our garden.

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