Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Stripe-breasted Tit (Parus fasciiventer) - HBW 12, p. 734

French: Mésange à ventre strié German: Schwarzbrustmeise Spanish: Carbonero del Ruwenzori

Taxonomy: Parus fasciiventer Reichenow, 1893, Ruwenzori Mountains, on DRCongo-Uganda border.
Has been considered part of the P. afer superspecies; probaby closest to that group, but distinct morphologically and in habitat preferences. Nominate race and tanganjicae intergrade in SW Rwanda. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • fasciiventer Reichenow, 1893 - Ruwenzori Mts (E DRCongo and W Uganda) and S in mountains to W Rwanda, highlands W of L Kivu and W Burundi.
  • tanganjicae Reichenow, 1909 - Itombwe Mts, in SE Kivu (E DRCongo) and SW Rwanda (Nyungwe forest).
  • kaboboensis Prigogine, 1957 - Mt Kabobo, in extreme SE Kivu (E DRCongo).