Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Rufous-bellied Tit (Parus rufiventris) - HBW 12, p. 733

French: Mésange à ventre cannelle German: Rostbauchmeise Spanish: Carbonero Ventrirrufo
Other common names: Rufous Tit

Taxonomy: Parus rufiventris Bocage, 1877, Caconda, Angola.
Forms a superspecies with P. pallidiventris and P. fringillinus. Has been considered conspecific with former, but differs in eye colour (possibly age-related) and belly colour (varies clinally); hybridization not proven, and identity of supposed intermediates (based chiefly on eye coloration) uncertain; further research required. Races intergrade widely. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rufiventris Bocage, 1877 - S PRCongo and SW & S DRCongo S to C Angola and C Zambia.
  • diligens Clancey, 1979 - S Angola, N Namibia, SW Zambia and NW Botswana.
  • masukuensis Shelley, 1900 - SE DRCongo, E Zambia and Malawi.

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