Fire Capped Tit

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Overview:

Recently, the Birders have spotted the trail of species flying back home including the fire capped tit in the Aravalli hill region suggesting reverse migration as the season changes from winter to summer

About Fire Capped Tit

  • It is a small bird species assigned to the family Paridae.
  • Migration pattern: It is a Himalayan bird which flies down south towards Western Ghats and Kerala around Sept, and is back around Feb-end and March.
  • Habitat: Inhabits forest feeding on invertebrates, nectar and pollen, usually high in canopy but will descend to low growth.
  • It is found in montane broadleaf forest at middle to high elevations, sometimes mixed in with other species.
  • These birds breed in the Himalayas during summer and have a melodious song.
  • Distribution: 
    • A local breeding summer visitor to northern mountains from Pakistan east to Arunachal Pradesh.
    • Winters in foothills and rarely in plains south to Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
  • Conservation status
    • IUCN: Least Concern

Why early reverse migration?

  • The winters were not very harsh in central India. So, the bird could have started moving early.

Q1) What is migration?

The movement of a person or people from one country, locality, place of residence to settle in another place. Migration is, first and foremost a normal human activity.

Source: Birds reverse-migrate to city, watchers see end of winter