Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

Red-throated Tit (Melaniparus fringillinus)


Taxonomy

French: Mésange à gorge rousse German: Rostkehl-Rußmeise Spanish: Carbonero gorjirrufo
Taxonomy:

Parus fringillinus

G. A. Fischer and Reichenow

, 1884,

Mount Meru, Arusha, Tanzania

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Kenya and N & C Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

11·5–12 cm. Small to medium-sized grey tit with rufous face, dark cap and white in wings. Male has bright rufous (sometimes tinged buffish) from forehead... read more

Voice

Calls include variable “chick” or “plick”, variably plaintive, squeaky or... read more

Habitat

Open acacia (Acacia) woodland, principally Acacia xanthophloea, and bushed and... read more

Food and feeding

Food items include small invertebrates and larvae, also seeds and fruit. Occurs singly, in pairs or in small groups. Conspicuous and often... read more

Breeding

Poorly known. Season unclear, breeding recorded in Jan, Feb, Apr and Aug–Sept; may breed throughout year, with main frequency... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon or locally common. Fairly common in Masai Mara, in S Kenya; fairly common also in Serengeti and Arusha National Parks, in N... read more

Recommended citation

Gosler, A. & Clement, P. (2019). Red-throated Tit (Melaniparus fringillinus). 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/59894 on 19 February 2019).