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Blue Tit

Observed: 21st January 2010 By: ncook57ncook57’s reputation in Birdsncook57’s reputation in Birds
Blue Tit
Blue Tit
Description:

2 blue tits flitting around a copse at Ockwells Park, Maidenhead.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) interacts

Comments

tmt53's picture

Blue tit

I agree with the description Blue tit, but should the scientific name be Parus caeruleus.

ncook57's picture

Parus or Cyanistes

Well, I didn't put cyanistes in - it was done automatically by the site for Blue Tit. I've done a google search on the web, and it's come up as both being correct. Perhaps someone else can enlighten us?

There are 10 kinds of people, those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Regards, Nick

ncook57's picture

Parus or Cyanistes

I've had a look in two books, both RSPB books, and one says Parus Caeruleus and the other says Cyanistes Caeruleus. Can anyone else shed some light on this?

There are 10 kinds of people, those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Regards, Nick

tmt53's picture

Parus or Cyanistes

I have looked on both the BTO and the RSPB web sites and they both quote Cyanistes. It appears that Parus quoted in all my field guides is incorrect. The BTO site implies that Cyanistes has replaced Parus. Sorry for any confusion I have caused.

Regards Mike

ncook57's picture

Parus or Cyanistes

Hi Mike,

No worries - the Wikepedia page for the Blue Tit says that some organisations still use Parus, but not so much here. Strange that some books use one and some the other!!!

Nick

There are 10 kinds of people, those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Regards, Nick

mjcoon's picture

Binomial name

Years ago I read that Long-tailed tits are not related to our other, "Parus", tits, and that is why they have a distinctive name.

My British Birds 9.0.1 DVD has "Parus" for our six other tits and although there is an online update mechanism for the DVD there is no correction for this. I think I shall complain!

Mike.

Aka coon.mj