Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

Yellow-bellied Tit (Pardaliparus venustulus)


Taxonomy

French: Mésange gracieuse German: Schmuckmeise Spanish: Carbonero ventrigualdo
Taxonomy:

Parus venustulus

Swinhoe

, 1870,

gorges of Yangtze between Kweifoo (Sichuan) and Ichang (Hubei), east China

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

EC & E China from NE Hebei S to S Gansu, C & E Sichuan and NE Yunnan, and from W Hubei S to NW Guangxi and E to S Anhui, C Hunan, N Jiangxi and N Guangdong; non-breeding also coastal districts from Jiangsu S to S Guangdong. Periodic irruptions to Korea#R.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 9–12·5 g. Small tit with large head and short tail; black cap and bib and bright yellow underparts. Male has lores, forehead to crown (including... read more

Voice

Calls include thin and fairly soft “sit-oo”, rapid and high-pitched “si-si-si-si-... read more

Habitat

Broadleaf subtropical and evergreen forests, including mixed conifer and deciduous forest with... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well known, but includes small invertebrates, larvae and seeds; known to store food, but details lacking. Usually in pairs or in... read more

Breeding

Poorly known. Season at least May–Jun. Nest mostly of green moss, leaves, plant fibres, wool and animal hair, placed in natural hole... read more

Movements

Resident and altitudinal migrant; descends to lower levels in Nov–Apr non-breeding season.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to rather uncommon. Considered to have declined as a result of large-scale forest clearance in China; reported as common in NW Fujian... read more

Recommended citation

Gosler, A. & Clement, P. (2019). Yellow-bellied Tit (Pardaliparus venustulus). 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/59875 on 22 February 2019).