Oak Titmouse

Baeolophus inornatus

Formerly called the Plain Titmouse, in 1997 the AOU separated the Oak Titmouse and the Juniper Titmouse into two species. The Oak Titmouse is a resident in California and exists in very limited areas north and south of its borders.

I’ve enjoyed the year-round company of the Oak Titmouse at my home in southern California. Their clear ringing songs and the critical scolding calls are familiar sounds in the neighborhood.

Today’s science recognises four subspecies of Oak Titmouse. B. i. inornatus lives from southern Oregon to central California. B. i. affabilis lives in southwestern California and northern Baja California (Mexico). B. i. mohavensis lives in southeast California. B. i. cineraceus lives in Baja California.

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