Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

Dusky Tit (Melaniparus funereus)


Taxonomy

French: Mésange enfumée German: Einfarb-Rußmeise Spanish: Carbonero cenizo
Taxonomy:

Melanoparus [sic] funereus

J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux

, 1855,

Gabon

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Molecular data suggest it is sister to M. griseiventris and M. fasciiventer#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. f. funereus J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1855 – Sierra Leone and Guinea E, discontinuously, to DRCongo, S Uganda, extreme S South Sudan and W Kenya.
  • M. f. gabela (Traylor, 1961) – W Angola.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14·5 cm; 22–29 g. Medium-sized to large, all-dark tit with red eyes. Male nominate race has entire body, wing and tail blackish or sooty black, in fresh... read more

    Voice

    Very vocal, and has wide variety of calls, including slow and ringing “see-er, see-er, see-er”,... read more

    Habitat

    Dense primary and secondary evergreen forests, also gallery forest, old plantations and edges of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food includes small invertebrates, mainly beetles (Coleoptera) and orthopterans, also larvae, principally of micro-lepidopterans; also... read more

    Breeding

    Poorly known. Season variable, possibly dependent on rains; adults in breeding condition in Nov in W Africa and Mar, Jun and Sept in... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common or uncommon in Guinea, Sudan and Uganda; scarce in Sierra Leone and Cameroon; rare in E Ivory Coast and S Ghana. Estimated density of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gosler, A. & Clement, P. (2018). Dusky Tit (Melaniparus funereus). 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/59891 on 23 September 2018).