Family Penduline-tits (Remizidae)

Least Concern

Yellow Penduline-tit (Anthoscopus parvulus)


Taxonomy

French: Rémiz à ventre jaune German: Senegalbeutelmeise Spanish: Pájaro moscón amarillo
Taxonomy:

Aegithalus [sic] ? parvulus

Heuglin

, 1864,

Bongo, Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan

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Geographical variation may be clinal, and complicated by effects of plumage wear; sometimes treated as monotypic. Proposed race citrinus (Bozoum, in W Central African Republic) appears inseparable from senegalensis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. senegalensis (Grote, 1924) – extreme S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau E to N Benin, N Nigeria (E to W & S areas of L Chad), N Cameroon (Bénoué National Park) and W Central African Republic.
  • A. p. aureus Bannerman, 1939 – NW Ghana (Bole).
  • A. p. parvulus (Heuglin, 1864) – S Chad (S & E from E shores of L Chad), SW South Sudan and N DRCongo, probably also extreme NW Uganda#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    8 cm; c. 6–8 g. Tiny unmarked olive-yellow passerine, the brightest member of the genus, with small, sharply pointed conical bill and quite strong legs and feet, with... read more

    Voice

    Contact calls a thin “si, sli-sli-sli”, said to be vaguely reminiscent of calls of... read more

    Habitat

    Dry or semi-arid sandy or short-grass savanna of soudanian type, in places extending S into guinean... read more

    Food and feeding

    Known food items are small insects and their larvae. Forages chiefly in upper canopy; flits with buoyant flight from tree to tree, when... read more

    Breeding

    Poorly known. Birds in breeding condition in Mar in Gambia, Feb–Mar in Mali (Bamako), Jan in Ghana and Jun in Nigeria (Argungu). Only... read more

    Movements

    Chiefly sedentary, but some seasonal movements in at least some parts of range. In S Mauritania... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Surprisingly poorly known, and generally considered to be uncommon or scarce over much of range. Recorded at a wide scatter of sites in Senegal and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Madge, S. (2018). Yellow Penduline-tit (Anthoscopus parvulus). 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/59960 on 18 November 2018).