Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Tit (Melaniparus albiventris)


Taxonomy

French: Mésange à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Rußmeise Spanish: Carbonero ventriblanco
Taxonomy:

Parus albiventris

Shelley

, 1881,

Ugogo, northern Tanzania

.

Closest relatives M. niger and M. carpi#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Nigeria and C & W Cameroon; also SE South Sudan, NE Uganda, W Kenya and Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Large, black tit with white belly and much white in wing. Male has entire head and upperparts, including tail, black, in fresh plumage glossed bluish; tail... read more

Voice

Calls include harsh, nasal “si-chah-chah-chah”, often given with emphasis in scolding... read more

Habitat

In E Africa occurs in lightly bushed acacia (Acacia) woodland, edges of montane evergreen... read more

Food and feeding

Food not well known, but includes small invertebrates, e.g. spiders (Araneae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and larvae, also seeds, and... read more

Breeding

Poorly known. Probably breeds throughout year, but mainly during rains in Oct–Jan. Monogamous; territorial. Nest a small cup or pad,... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common or locally common; rare in SE Nigeria, where confined to Obudu Plateau. Some evidence of reduction in range in Kenya, where thought to have... read more

Recommended citation

Gosler, A. & Clement, P. (2019). White-bellied Tit (Melaniparus albiventris). 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/59889 on 16 February 2019).