Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Near Threatened

White-fronted Tit (Sittiparus semilarvatus)


Taxonomy

French: Mésange à front blanc German: Weißstirnmeise Spanish: Carbonero frentiblanco
Taxonomy:

Melaniparus semilarvatus

Salvadori

, 1865,

Himalayas; error = Luzon, Philippines

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Sister to S. varius#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. snowi (Parkes, 1971) – NE Luzon (N Sierra Madre Mts), in N Philippines.
  • S. s. semilarvatus (Salvadori, 1865) – C & S Luzon (C & S Sierra Madre Mts).
  • S. s. nehrkorni (A. W. H. Blasius, 1890) – Mindanao, in S Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm. Medium-size, large-billed and long-tailed tit with mostly black plumage. Male nominate race has forehead and upper lores white or pale buffish, rest of head,... read more

    Voice

    Calls include short sharp “psit” and higher-pitched rolling “tsuit” or... read more

    Habitat

    Lowland and hill forest, including forest edges, secondary forest and woodlands, degraded and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not well known, but presumed to include small invertebrates and larvae. Usually alone, in pairs or in groups of up to ten individuals... read more

    Breeding

    Very poorly known. Pair prospecting nest-hole in tree stump in early Feb, adult feeding fledged juvenile mid-Mar, and adult in breeding... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Luzon EBA and Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Generally rare or... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gosler, A. & Clement, P. (2018). White-fronted Tit (Sittiparus semilarvatus). 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/59907 on 11 December 2018).