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 27 videos
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 4 years ago 32 sec 4.2
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 2 years ago 46 sec 4.1
Two birds perched, one preening the other one. Locality Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp biarmicus)
Yoel Jimenez 8 July 2010 2 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 2 years ago 23 sec 3.8
A male perched on a reed and preening. Locality Tablas de Daimiel National Park, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (ssp biarmicus)
Javier Ortas 8 April 2006 5 years ago 31 sec 3.8
A female drinking, then being joined by a male. Locality Moscow Zoo, Moscow, Western Russia, Russia
Josep del Hoyo 2 June 2009 2 years ago 45 sec 3.7
PhotosSee all 36 photos
A male sitting on the reed in the autumn sunshine.
Locality Hungary (ssp biarmicus)
Zotyesz 8 October 2009 3 years ago 4.7
A male Bearded Parrotbill climbing through the frozen reeds
Locality Netherlands (Monotypic species)
Gerard Visser 10 January 2009 2 years ago 4.6
female perched with spread wing
Locality Hyde Park, London, England, Great Britain (ssp biarmicus)
Nik Borrow 17 January 2013 16 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve, Flevoland Province, Netherlands
Paul Cools 6 February 2007 29 weeks ago 4.5
Father of the flock:)
Locality Mogan Lake, Gölbası, Ankara Province, Turkey (ssp russicus)
kuzeycem 37 weeks ago 4.5
Male feeding on reed
Locality Vlaardingen, South Holland Province, Netherlands
Rob Belterman 5 February 2012 1 year ago 4.4