Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Ashy Tit (Parus cinerascens) - HBW 12, p. 736

French: Mésange cendrée German: Akazienmeise Spanish: Carbonero Cinéreo

Taxonomy: Parus cinerascens Vieillot, 1818, Pelladrift, northern Cape Province, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with P. thruppi, P. griseiventris and P. afer. Has been considered conspecific with any one of those or with all of them. Birds from SE Zimbabwe and N South Africa (E Limpopo S to Free State), previously separated as race orphnus on basis of purer white face and nuchal patch and greyer upperparts, now considered doubtfully distinct from fresh-plumage nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • benguelae B. P. Hall & Traylor, 1959 - SW Angola, possibly also extreme NW Namibia.
  • cinerascens Vieillot, 1818 - Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and N South Africa (S to N Northern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga).

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