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White-naped Tit Parus nuchalis  
White-naped Tit
Photographer : © Jugal Tiwari
Location :Kutch, Gujarat, India
Date : 30 September 2008
English synonyms:White-naped Black Tit, Collared Tit, White-winged Black Tit, Whitewinged Black Tit, White-winged Tit, Pied Tit
Bird Family :Paridae - Typical Tits, Sultan Tit, Groundpecker, Yellow-browed Tit
Red Data Status :Vulnerable
Remarks :White-naped Tit is seen in many thorn forests of Kutch. Today 2 tits were seen actively feeding on the nectar of the Capparis plant. I followed the tits to study their feeding behaviour and to take some photos. I found them exploring the bark and pods of Acacia leucophloea trees and when they found a grub or catterpillar they pecked the insect with blows of beak and pressed it in the claws and then started feeding on the insect.
Another food item of White-naped Tit recorded in the field by me are the seeds of Guggul commiphora. - JT