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African blue tit

Cyanistes teneriffae


This is a small and compact tit, about 10-12 cm in length. It looks like a darker version of Eurasian blue tit (C. caeruleus) - indeed, it was earlier considered conspecific with it. Where the Eurasian one is light blue, the African blue tit is dark blue or ultramarine blue; to the point that the crown almost appears black in my pics...


Quite limited in distribution, populations of African blue tit are found in northern tip of the continent, and some islands in Mediterranean sea. Here, during our stay in Morocco, I saw it only, in haste, at the outskirts of a village in Imlil area, in Atlas mountain range. These villages are located in protected area of NP J'bel Toubkal (or on borders - I did not fully catch the story of the National Park...), on steep bushy slopes of Atlas mountains, and surrounded by mediterranean type of forests. During our short ascending walk, I also observed Coal and Great tits.


I apologize for the low quality of shots - there were shot in haste, from a distance while this beauty was hanging in the shadow. I kept and published them mainly because for me, this beauty was a lifer...

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic


Spotted on Dec 25, 2019
Submitted on Dec 30, 2019

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