The white-naped tit’s diet includes larvae and insect pupae, as well as small invertebrates such as spiders. It will also consume fruits, including Salvadora oleoidesberries, and occasionally nectar (2) (5). It has been seen feeding on insects attracted to dung on the ground, and it sometimes drinks from puddles (5). This bird usually forages in a pair, although it has been seen feeding in small family groups of up to five birds, and even as part of a mixed species flock (6).
The mating season for the white-naped tit is during the monsoon, from May to August (3) (4). It scrupulously selects a nest site, with a preference for old woodpecker nest holes, which can usually be found about 2.5 metres above the ground in trees (5). If abandoned nest holes are unavailable, the white-naped tit selects a shrub, such as an Acacia bush, or a cavity in a dead or dying tree (3). It shows a high fidelity to its chosen nest site, returning to it in subsequent years (5).
The nest is constructed into a pad or platform and the white-naped tit lines it with plant fibres, down, animal hair and wool to increase insulation (2). Both the male and female white-naped tit are involved in feeding and raising the nestlings (5), and the brood contains up to three fledglings (2). Following fledging, the young stay in the area surrounding the nest for four to five days (5).