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Poecile palustris (Marsh Tit)

Wikipedia Abstract

The marsh tit (Poecile palustris) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae and genus Poecile, closely related to the willow, Père David's and Songar tits. It is small (around 12 cm long and weighing 12 g) with a black crown and nape, pale cheeks, brown back and greyish-brown wings and tail. Between 8 and 11 subspecies are recognised. This bird's close resemblance to the willow tit can cause identification problems, especially in the United Kingdom where the local subspecies of the two are very similar (there, they were not recognised as separate species until 1897).
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 9.77073
EDGE Score: 2.37683


Adult Weight [1]  12 grams
Birth Weight [2]  1.2 grams
Clutch Size [2]  9
Clutches / Year [4]  1
Fledging [1]  18 days
Incubation [4]  15 days
Maximum Longevity [3]  12 years
Wing Span [4]  7 inches (.19 m)
Female Maturity [3]  1 year
Male Maturity [3]  1 year

Protected Areas

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Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Himalaya Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan No
Indo-Burma Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam No
Mountains of Southwest China China, Myanmar No

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

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Aegolius funereus (Boreal Owl)[5]
Dendrocopos major (Great Spotted Woodpecker)[5]
Strix aluco (Tawny Owl)[5]


Columba oenas (Stock Dove)[5]


Parasitized by 
Brachydistomum ventricosum <Unverified Name>[7]
Ceratophyllus gallinae (European chicken flea)[8]
Ceratophyllus tribulis[8]
Orthoskrjabinia bobica <Unverified Name>[7]
Orthoskrjabinia conica <Unverified Name>[7]


Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China); Southern Asia;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
4British Trust for Ornithology
5Ecology of Commanster
6Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
8International Flea Database
Protected Areas provided by Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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