Japanese tit

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The Japanese tit (Parus minor), also known as the Oriental tit, is a passerine bird which replaces the similar great tit in Japan and the Russian Far East beyond the Amur River, including the Kuril Islands. Until recently, this species was classified as a subspecies of great tit (Parus major), but studies indicated that the two species coexist in the Russian Far East without intermingling or frequent hybridization.[1]

Japanese tit
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Parus
P. minor
Binomial name
Parus minor
Distributions of Parus minor (blue-green), Parus major (orange-red), and Parus cinereus (grey)

The species made headlines in March 2016, when Suzuki et al.[2] reported in Nature Communications that they had found experimental evidence for compositional syntax in bird calls, marking the first such evidence for that type of syntax in nonhuman animals.[2]


  1. ^ Päckert, M.; Martens, J.; Eck, S.; Nazarenko, A. A.; Valchuk, O. P.; Petri, B.; Veith, M. (2005). "The great tit (Parus major) – a misclassified ring species". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 86 (2): 153. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00529.x.
  2. ^ a b Suzuki, TN; et al., "Experimental evidence for compositional syntax in bird calls", Nature Communications, 7: 10986, doi:10.1038/ncomms10986, PMC 4786783.

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