Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

Miombo Tit (Melaniparus griseiventris)


Taxonomy

French: Mésange à ventre gris German: Miombomeise Spanish: Carbonero del miombo
Taxonomy:

Parus griseiventris

Reichenow

, 1882,

Kakoma, Tabora District, Tanzania

.

Has been considered conspecific with M. cinerascens, but these two are not very closely related#R. Paler birds from Zambia described as race lundarum, and those from Mozambique and Zimbabwe with more prominent nuchal spot as parvirostris; definition and geographical delimitation of these, however, considered impracticable. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution:

Angola, S & SE DRCongo, and W Tanzania S to Zambia, Zimbabwe and NW Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. c. 20 g. Large black, white and grey tit. Male has forehead, crown and crown side (to below eye) and nape black, faintly glossed bluish in fresh plumage,... read more

Voice

Most frequent call “chitji”, sometimes accompanied by loud “chip”, also a... read more

Habitat

Almost entirely restricted to open and well-developed miombo (Brachystegia) woodland;... read more

Food and feeding

Diet rather poorly known; presumably includes small invertebrates and larvae. Usually forages in pairs or in small (possibly family) groups... read more

Breeding

Season Aug–Dec. Nest a large, soft pad or cup of plant fibres, animal hair and feathers, placed in hole in tree, including old hole... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common or locally common in much of range. In Tanzania local and sparsely distributed, and fairly common only around Mt Rungwe. Densities of 14... read more

Recommended citation

Gosler, A. & Clement, P. (2019). Miombo Tit (Melaniparus griseiventris). 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/59897 on 17 February 2019).