Family Penduline-tits (Remizidae)

Least Concern

White-crowned Penduline-tit (Remiz coronatus)


Taxonomy

French: Rémiz couronnée German: Kronenbeutelmeise Spanish: Pájaro moscón coronado
Taxonomy:

Aegithalus [sic] coronatus

Severtsov

, 1873,

Nau, near Khodzhent, Tajikistan

.

Sometimes considered conspecific with R. consobrinus. Segregation by habitat of nominate race of present species and R. macronyx at Topar and elsewhere in Kazakhstan provides convincing support for recognizing these two as separate species#R#R. Races intergrade in SE Kazakhstan, but apparent differences in breeding behaviour between stoliczkae in China (polygamous) and nominate in Kazakhstan (monogamous) merit attention#R. Proposed races centralasiae (C Asia) and yeniseensis (upper R Yenisey, in S Russia) both appear inseparable from stoliczkae. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. c. coronatus (Severtsov, 1873) – S & SE Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, N & S Turkmenistan (Amu Darya Valley, Murgap Valley), Kyrgyzstan, NW China (Ili Valley, in NW Xinjiang), W Tajikistan and NW Afghanistan; non-breeding E Iran, N & W Afghanistan, Pakistan and NW India (E to Haryana).
  • R. c. stoliczkae (A. O. Hume, 1874) – E Kazakhstan, S Russia (from Altai E to Chita, in S Transbaikalia), NW & C Mongolia and NW & N China (Xinjiang E, excluding Ili Valley, to Ürümqi; N Ningxia); winter range of migratory populations poorly known#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    10–11 cm; 9·3–10·5 g. A clearly patterned penduline-tit with small, narrowly conical bill and relatively slender legs and toes. Male nominate race... read more

    Voice

    Usual call a thin and high-pitched “seeeoo”, very much like that of R. pendulinus... read more

    Habitat

    Breeds in stands of poplars (Populus) and willows (Salix) by lowland rivers and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small invertebrates, chiefly small insects and their larvae, and small spiders (Araneae); also seeds. Large number of seeds, especially... read more

    Breeding

    Breeds from late May to mid-Jun in C Asia and in Jun in Mongolia and extreme NE of range (Buryatia, in Russia); fledged young in first week... read more

    Movements

    Strongly migratory. Arrives on breeding grounds in Mongolia in late May to early Jun, departing... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to uncommon. Not considered common anywhere in range, and is particularly uncommon over extreme N parts of distribution in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Madge, S. (2019). White-crowned Penduline-tit (Remiz coronatus). 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/59957 on 21 February 2019).