Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-bellied Tit (Sittiparus castaneoventris)


Taxonomy

French: Mésange de Gould German: Taiwanbuntmeise Spanish: Carbonero ventricastaño
Taxonomy:

Parus castaneoventris

Gould

, 1863,

Taiwan

.

Recently split from S. varius#R. Differs from S. varius by much smaller size (at least 2); lack of white on central breast (2); darker, richer chestnut lower breast to vent (2); greatly reduced chestnut mantle (2); narrower area of white above bill (ns[1]); and darker grey back (ns[1]). From S. owstoni and S. olivaceus by much smaller size (at least 2); white vs tan lores and cheeks (3); chestnut vs tan underparts (2); and (vs S. owstoni) greatly reduced mantle-patch (area tinged chestnut vs significant area of tan) (2) or (vs S. olivaceus) presence of small mantle-patch (2). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Taiwan.

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm. Adult is similar to race amamii of S. varius and S. olivaceus, and is significantly smaller than nominate S. varius (wing 60–64... read more

Voice

Not well known, but compared to formerly conspecific S. varius calls are described as... read more

Habitat

Open deciduous and mixed forests. Usually avoids urban areas or villages. Principally in lowlands... read more

Food and feeding

Diet and foraging behaviour believed to be much like those of S. varius.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Believed to be sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: endemic to the Taiwan EBA. Fairly common to uncommon, and no potential threats to its survival have been... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Chestnut-bellied Tit (Sittiparus castaneoventris). 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/1343866 on 18 February 2020).