Penduline-tits (Remizidae)

Cape Penduline-tit (Anthoscopus minutus) - HBW 13, p. 73

French: Rémiz minute German: Kapbeutelmeise Spanish: Pájaro-moscón de El Cabo
Other common names: African/Southern Penduline-tit, Southern Kapok

Taxonomy: Sylvia minuta Shaw, 1812, Heerenlogement, Western Cape, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with A. punctifrons, A. parvulus, A. musculus and A. caroli; possibly closest to A. parvulus, which may be its N counterpart. Geographical variation somewhat clinal, plumage colour darkening from N to S. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • damarensis Reichenow, 1905 - CW & SW Angola, N Namibia, much of Botswana (except SW) and W & C Zimbabwe S to N South Africa (Limpopo Province).
  • minutus (Shaw, 1812) - W & S Namibia, SW Botswana and W & C South Africa (S to Western Cape, E to NW Free State and Mpumalanga).
  • gigi Winterbottom, 1959 - S South Africa (SW Free State S to W Eastern Cape).