Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

Black-bibbed Tit (Poecile hypermelaenus)


Taxonomy

French: Mésange à bavette German: Kragenmeise Spanish: Carbonero barbinegro
Taxonomy:

Poecile hypermelaena

Berezowski and Bianchi

, 1891,

Lan-shya-kou (near Gansu border), Shaanxi

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Opinions vary as to whether this taxon merits species rank or is a distinctive race of P. palustris (which see); even proponents of species rank#R#R express reservations, shared here. Nevertheless, it differs in much more extensive black bib, reaching upper breast (3); much duller underparts, extensively washed deep greyish olive-brown vs light drab or buff (2); more extensive cap, reaching farther on to mantle (1); more extensive cheek-patch at rear (ns[1]); duller, greenish-olive vs warm drab or sandy-brown upperparts (ns[1]); rather plain wings and tail, without pale fringes (ns[1]); and shorter tail (allow 1); moreover, molecular evidence supports split and suggests closer relationship to P. montanus#R#R. Analysis of vocal signals needed. Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.
Distribution:

NC & S China (S Gansu & SW Shaanxi, Sichuan and W Hubei S to N Yunnan and NW Guizhou) and N & W Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 9–11·5 g. Medium-sized, glossy black-capped tit with large blackish bib. Adult has forehead, crown (down to top of ear-coverts) and nape to uppermost mantle black,... read more

Voice

Inadequately known. Calls include a liquid “psit” or “stip” or “stip, si-si”; most commonly a sharp... read more

Habitat

Differs regionally. In SW China this tit is found mostly in rather dry pine (Pinus) forest... read more

Food and feeding

Diet consists of small invertebrates, berries and seeds. Forages alone and in small groups of up to five individuals, searching at most... read more

Breeding

Limited information. Season Mar–Jun. A nest in Myanmar (Mt Victoria) was in a hollow young tree which had broken off c. 8 m above ground,... read more

Movements

Resident; some limited seasonal altitudinal movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally fairly common; scarce or rare in Sichuan. The global population size of this relatively little-known species has not been... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Black-bibbed Tit (Poecile hypermelaenus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/1343868 on 18 March 2019).