Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Somali Tit (Parus thruppi) - HBW 12, p. 735

French: Mésange somalienne German: Somalimeise Spanish: Carbonero Somalí
Other common names: Acacia Tit, Northern Grey Tit

Taxonomy: Parus thruppi Shelley, 1885, south of Burao, north-west Somalia.
Forms a superspecies with P. griseiventris, P. cinerascens and P. afer. Has been considered conspecific with either one or both of last two, but differs morphologically, and is separated geographically from both by P. griseiventris. Nominate race intergrades with barakae in N Kenya. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • thruppi Shelley, 1885 - S & E Ethiopia, Somalia (except SW) and N Kenya.
  • barakae F. J. Jackson, 1899 - extreme E Uganda, Kenya, SW Somalia (Gedo) and NE Tanzania.