Family Penduline-tits (Remizidae)

Least Concern

Mouse-coloured Penduline-tit (Anthoscopus musculus)


Taxonomy

French: Rémiz souris German: Graubeutelmeise Spanish: Pájaro moscón gris
Taxonomy:

Aegithalus [sic] musculus

Hartlaub

, 1882,

Lado, Upper Nile, South Sudan

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Birds from Kenya have been separated as a separate race (guasso) based on rather greyer plumage compared to birds further N, but age-related feather wear could be responsible for the apparent differences. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE South Sudan (E from Lado and Tombe), Ethiopia, NW, N & S Somalia, NE Uganda, Kenya and extreme NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

8 cm; c. 6–8 g. Tiny unmarked dull grey-brown passerine with whitish underside, very short tail, short, pointed conical bill, and quite strong legs and feet with short... read more

Voice

Typical contact call a high-pitched “tit, tit, tit…”; also gives abrupt, nasal... read more

Habitat

Open acacia (Acacia) woodland, dry bush and short-grass savanna in arid or semi-arid... read more

Food and feeding

No specific details on diet, but assumed to be primarily small insects and their larvae. Forages in pairs or in family parties, often... read more

Breeding

Nesting reported in Dec in Sudan, Feb–Mar and Sep-Oct in Ethiopia, Nov in Somalia and Apr–May in Kenya. Nest a pear-shaped... read more

Movements

None documented; presumably disperses during conditions of extreme drought.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not uncommon; easily overlooked owing to tiny size and inhospitable habitat. Recently found to be not uncommon at several sites in Ethiopia and Kenya... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Mouse-coloured Penduline-tit (Anthoscopus musculus). 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/59961 on 18 February 2019).