A hybrid between Black-browed Tit and Sooty Tit

Hybrid between Black-browed Tit and Sooty Tit caught on camera.

Going through your e-mails after a holiday can be a daunting task, but now and then you come across an exciting message. Tim Melling send me a picture of a hybrid between Black-browed Tit (A. bonvolati) and Sooty Tit (A. fuliginosus). Molecular studies have documented gene flow between these species, but records of actual hybrids are rare.

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Black-browed Tit and Sooty Tit

 

Above you can see the two species. Below is the hybrid: notice the combination of head patterns in the hybrid.

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The hybrid (picture courtesy of Tim Melling) https://www.flickr.com/photos/timmelling/46635694201/in/dateposted/

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