Bearded Parrotbill (Panurus biarmicus) - HBW 12, p. 308
French: Panure à moustaches
Other common names: Bearded Tit/Tit-babbler, (Bearded) Reedling, Whiskered Tit
Taxonomy: [Parus] biarmicus Linnaeus, 1758, Europe = Holstein, north Germany.
Range of plumage variation considered by some authors to be perhaps at least partly clinal, such that the species may be better treated as monotypic. Unclear whether populations of E Baltic (between Finland and Poland) belong to nominate race or russicus, which presumably intergrade in Poland and Slovakia and perhaps elsewhere in E Europe. Birds in E Turkey, Georgia and Armenia presumably like those from Azerbaijan, presently included in nominate; racial identity of those breeding in Syria uncertain, tentatively included in kosswigi. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- biarmicus (Linnaeus, 1758) - breeds locally from England, France and S & E Spain E to S Norway, Denmark, S Sweden, S Finland, SW Russia, Balkans, W & S Turkey and Azerbaijan; non-breeding also S to Cyprus.
- russicus (C. L. Brehm, 1831) - breeds S Lithuania, Poland and Belarus S to E Austria, NE Croatia, NE Bosnia-Herzegovina, N Serbia & Montenegro, N & E Bulgaria and C Turkey, E to S Russia (S from L Chany, SW Siberia and Tarbagatay, and S of L Baikal), Kazakhstan, Mongolia and N & NE China (Xinjiang, N Qinghai, W & NE Nei Mongol, Ningxia, NE Heilongjiang); non-breeding also Israel, N Iran (mainly Caspian coast), E China (N Hebei and SC Liaoning) and NE Afghanistan (may breed).
- kosswigi Kumerloeve, 1958 - S Turkey (area around Amik Gölü, at least) and NW Syria.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 35 videos
A side view of a male feeding. Locality Fornebu, Bærum, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (ssp biarmicus)
Eric Roualet 29 January 2014 30 weeks ago 18 sec 4.3
A bird jumping from branch to branch and feeding from the water surface. Locality Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (ssp biarmicus)
Javier Ortas 22 April 2008 5 years ago 32 sec 4.1
Two birds, a male and female juvenile bird preening another and flying away. Locality Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp biarmicus)
Yoel Jimenez 8 July 2010 4 years ago 46 sec 4.1
A female drinking, then being joined by a male. Locality Moscow Zoo, Moscow, Western Russia, Russia
Josep del Hoyo 2 June 2009 3 years ago 45 sec 4
Two birds perched, one preening the other one. Locality Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp biarmicus)
Yoel Jimenez 8 July 2010 4 years ago 31 sec 4
Two juvenile birds male and female preening. Locality Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp biarmicus)
Yoel Jimenez 8 July 2010 4 years ago 23 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 50 photos
Bearded Reedling, Panurus biarmicus
Locality Rotterdam, South Holland Province, Netherlands
Frank Bos 24 September 2013 13 weeks ago 4.8
A male sitting on the reed in the autumn sunshine.
Locality Hungary (ssp biarmicus)
Zotyesz 8 October 2009 4 years ago 4.6
Adult bird in cold weather
Locality Ulyanovsk, Ulyanovsk Oblast, Western Russia, Russia
Andrey Moskvichev 26 January 2014 12 weeks ago 4.6
A male Bearded Parrotbill climbing through the frozen reeds
Locality Netherlands (Monotypic species)
Gerard Visser 10 January 2009 4 years ago 4.6
Male feeding on reed
Locality Vlaardingen, South Holland Province, Netherlands
Rob Belterman 5 February 2012 2 years ago 4.5
Locality Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve, Akmola Province, Kazakhstan (Monotypic species)
Andrey Kovalenko 1 September 2013 51 weeks ago 4.5