Friday, April 13, 2012

>>Genus Psaltria >Psaltria exilis (Pygmy Tit)

Pygmy Tit

Pygmy Tit
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Temminck, 1836
Species:P. exilis
Binomial name
Psaltria exilis
Temminck, 1836
The Pygmy Tit (Psaltria exilis) is a species of bird in the long-tailed tit family Aegithalidae. It is monotypic within the genus Psaltria. The species was once placed, along with the rest of its family, with the true tits, Paridae. Its relationship with other species in ist family is uncertain, but is still placed within the family due to similarities in behaviour and vocalisations.
It is endemic to Indonesia, where it occurs only on the island of Java. On Java it is restricted to montane forests and plantations above 1,000 m (3,300 ft) (occasionally down to 830 m (2,720 ft)) in the west of the island. It frequents conifer forest and other open forest types, and is often encountered on the forest edge.
The Pygmy Tit is the smallest member of its family, and the smallest species of bird on Java. It is 8.5–8.7 cm (3.3–3.4 in) in length.

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