Himlayan Black Lored Tit (Machlolophus xanthogenys)

The Himalayan Black Lored Tit is a very beautiful yellow and black bird. The name ‘lore’ refers to the black area between the eye and the bill.

It resides along the lower Himalayas and is a very active little bird, feeding mainly on insects and spiders from the forests and sometimes fruit. They are usually seen in small flocks in the middle and upper levels of the forest, joining other species of birds in foraging the forests for insects and fruit.

It uses holes in trees made by other birds such as Barbets and Woodpeckers and sometimes make their own nests inside trees too, besides man made sites. Its calls are a series of high thin whistles interspersed with rasping scolds.

The Himalayan Black Lored Tit is threatened by the destruction of forests as they are unable to survive in marginal scrubland and bush thicket habitats that replace forest destruction, though they take to fruit orchards very well.

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