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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Melaniparus
Bonaparte, 1850

Parus carpi
Parus albiventris
Parus guineensis
Parus leucomelas
Parus niger
Parus leuconotus
Parus funereus
Parus rufiventris
Parus pallidiventris
Parus fringillinus
Parus fasciiventer
Parus thruppi
Parus griseiventris
Parus cinerascens
Parus afer

Melaniparus is a genus of birds in the tit family that is recognized by some authorities, such as Clements (2007). Analysis of its mtDNA cytochrome b sequence (Gill et al., 2005) indicates that these birds may indeed form a clade, but the interrelationships of the species between them and with the Parus sensu strictissimo is not resolved enough at present; it appears however that separating Melaniparus as a genus of Parus, instead of merely a subgenus, is unwarranted. The following species, all from Africa and mostly having dark plumage, have been placed in it:


  • Clements, James F. (2007). The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-4501-9. 
  • Gill, Frank B.; Slikas, Beth; and Sheldon, Frederick H. (2005): Phylogeny of titmice (Paridae): II. Species relationships based on sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome-b gene. Auk 122: 121-143. DOI: 10.1642/0004-8038(2005)122[0121:POTPIS]2.0.CO;2 HTML abstract