A strange little bird of highland pastures, meadows, and dry steppe. Doesn’t resemble any other tit; looks a bit like a tiny corvid, and formerly classified as one. Dusty brown above and white below with a dark, curved bill. Often in small groups, sometimes associating with larks and snowfinches, as well as with pikas and marmots, whose burrows they use as shelter. Bold and adaptable, often foraging in and around villages and towns.