Small brownish tit with a clear black-and-white face pattern. Very similar to Marsh Tit, with which it is closely related, but ranges do not overlap. Sichuan Tit may pose some identification problems, but Black-bibbed has plain wings without bright white tinting, a more extensive solid black bib, and comparatively paler flanks. Song consists of twittering chirps and higher-pitched notes: “tsi-tsi-chew!” or a more musical series of whistled and chattering notes. Calls include nasal scolding and a range of chipping and loud “pit-chew!” phrases. Prefers mid- to high-altitude forests, often in association with conifers in China and in mixed forest in Myanmar.