Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Rufous-vented Tit (Periparus rubidiventris) - HBW 12, p. 721

French: Mésange cul-roux German: Rotbrustmeise Spanish: Carbonero Culirrufo
Other common names: Rufous-bellied Crested Tit, Black Crested Tit; Sikkim Black Tit (beavani)

Taxonomy: Parus rubidiventris Blyth, 1847, Nepal.
Until recently present genus normally subsumed into a broad Parus, and many authors still prefer that treatment. Occasionally treated as conspecific with P. rufonuchalis. Race beavani not known to interbreed with nominate and has been considered to represent a separate species; further research required. Marginally paler birds with different wing proportions from NC China (NE Qinghai) are genetically different and probably better separated as race whistleri; those of W Sichuan similar to previous but possibly further separable as slightly darker race szetschwane.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Parus rubidiventris Blyth, 1847, Nepal.
Until recently present genus normally subsumed into a broad Parus, and many authors still prefer that treatment. Occasionally treated as conspecific with P. rufonuchalis. Race beavani not known to interbreed with nominate and has been considered to represent a separate species; further research required. Marginally paler birds with different wing proportions from NC China (NE Qinghai) are genetically different and probably better separated as race whistleri; those of W Sichuan similar to previous but possibly further separable as slightly darker race szetschwanensis. Three subspecies provisionally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rubidiventris (Blyth, 1847) - W & C Himalayas from Kashmir E to C Nepal.
  • beavani (Jerdon, 1863) - E Himalayas, C & SW China (Qinghai E to S Shaanxi, S to S Xizang, W Yunnan and N & W Sichuan) and NE Myanmar.
  • saramatii (Ripley, 1961) - NE India (Nagaland) and adjacent NW Myanmar (Mt Saramati).