This Rainbow Bird Is Called The White-Browed Tit-Warbler And That Might Be The Silliest Name You’ve Heard

Posted by Abdul Rafay in Nature and Travel On 22nd October 2021

Etymology in English is a funny thing. Even if two words are spelled and sound identical, they might have very diverse meanings and originate from very different linguistic backgrounds.

That is to say, the birds commonly referred to as "tits" have nothing in common with the other popular usage of the term.

But it's still amusing.

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People will start saying "mouse" instead of "mase" if it's small and charming and sounds similar. Because cuteness science is a science.

Because of their recognizable melodies, these birds are commonly referred to as chickadees in North America. It's a cute name, but it's not nearly as amusing.

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Isn't that a fantastic rainbow fluff ball?!

I have a few quibbles with the name, particularly with how it emphasizes the least noticeable element of this Day-Glo borb, but you can't dispute that it's gorgeous.

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Even on a foggy day, the colors are vibrant and striking.

They reside in central China's boreal forests and the Himalayas.

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You can identify whether a bird is male or female by glancing at its underbelly if you stumble across one of these colorful creatures.

Males have violet-blue underparts and chests, whilst females have paler underparts and chests, as shown in the photo.

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That's fine, though. Maybe we should simply leave them alone and admire them from afar.

And they make me laugh a lot when I hear their name.

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These birds are estimated to have a lifetime of 3.9 years. These birds can still be found in sufficient numbers and are not in danger of becoming extinct. According to reports, their numbers are constant, and the species has a very wide range.

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