A striking yellow little songbird with an unmistakable triangular signature-like crest and trailing white mohawk

The Taiwan yellow tit (Machlolophus holsti) is a bird species in the Paridae family.

This bird was previously one of many species in the genus Parus, but it was transferred to Machlolophus after a single.

A striking yellow little songbird with an unmistakable triangular signature-like crest and trailing white mohawk

Molecule phylogenetic analysis published in the journal revealed that members of the new genus constructed a distinct clade.

The Yellow Tit is a small (13 cm) bird with a long crest that is mostly black and yellow.

The male is brightly colored, with a yellow forehead, cheek repair, and underparts.

The black coloration extends to the cap, crest, back, flying coverts, and vent.

The crest’s back is white. The wings are translucent blue with white edges on the outside.

A striking yellow little songbird with an unmistakable triangular signature-like crest and trailing white mohawk

The female differs from the male by having a slightly smaller crest, being duller with such an olive-green back, and lacking the anterolateral spot.

This bird is native to and endemic to fundamental Taiwan.

Taiwan yellow tits are found in the northern broadleaf and pine trees forests in central Rocky Mountains, 700–2,500 m.

These birds can be found foraging for insect pests in the immediate post forest canopy in groups of one, two, or small flocks.

These birds breed in Taiwan in April. They usually lay a clutch of 3–4 small eggs in the compartment of a tall tree.

A striking yellow little songbird with an unmistakable triangular signature-like crest and trailing white mohawk

The Taiwan yellow tit has a limited range and a small population that appears to be declining as a result of large-scale capture for importation by the wild bird trade.

So the IUCN classifies it as Near Threatened.

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