Baeolophus is a genus of birds in the family Paridae, commonly called Tits. Its members are known as titmouses or titmice. All the species are native to North America. In the past, most authorities retained Baeolophus as a subgenus within the genus Parus, but treatment as a distinct genus, initiated by the American Ornithological Society, is now widely accepted.[2]

Baeolophus bicolor
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Baeolophus
Cabanis, 1850
Type species
Parus bicolor[1]
Linnaeus, 1766
Range of Baeolophus

Etymology Edit

The genus name Baeolophus translates to small crested and is a compound of the Ancient Greek words βαιός : baiós - small, and λόφος : lόphοs - crest.

Taxonomy Edit

The genus contains the following five species:[3]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
  Baeolophus wollweberi Bridled titmouse Arizona and New Mexico to Southern Mexico
  Baeolophus inornatus Oak titmouse Pacific coast from Baja California to Oregon
  Baeolophus ridgwayi Juniper titmouse The Great Basin and adjacent areas
  Baeolophus bicolor Tufted titmouse Eastern half of the US and southeastern Canada
  Baeolophus atricristatus Black-crested titmouse Oklahoma and Texas to east-central Mexico

References Edit

  1. ^ "Paridae". The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  2. ^ Del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A. & Christie D. (editors). (2007). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-84-96553-42-2
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Waxwings and their allies, tits & penduline tits". World Bird List Version 6.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 15 February 2016.