Chestnut-bellied tit

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Chestnut-bellied tit
Sittiparus castaneoventris, Taiwan 1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Sittiparus
S. castaneoventris
Binomial name
Sittiparus castaneoventris
(Gould, 1863)
  • Parus castaneoventris
  • Sittiparus varius castaneoventris
  • Poecile varius castaneoventris

The chestnut-bellied tit (Sittiparus castaneoventris) is a small passerine bird in the tit family Paridae that is endemic to Taiwan.

The chestnut-bellied tit was first described by the English ornithologist John Gould in 1863 and given the binomial name Parus castaneoventris.[2] It was formerly considered as a subspecies of the varied tit but was promoted to species status after the publication of a phylogenetic study in 2014.[3][4]

The species differs from the varied tit in having underparts of a deep chestnut colour.[5]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2017). "Sittiparus castaneoventris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2017: e.T103758936A112814335. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T103758936A112814335.en.
  2. ^ Gould, John (1863). "Descriptions of sixteen new species of birds from the island of Formosa, collected by Robert Swinhoe, Esq., her Majesty's Vice-Consul at Formosa". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London (3): 280. The title page gives the year as 1862.
  3. ^ McKay, B.D.; Mays Jnr, H.L.; Tao, C.-T.; Wan, D.; Higuchi, H.; Nishium, I. (2014). "Incorporating color into integrative taxonomy: analysis of the Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius) complex in East Asia". Systems Biology. 63 (4): 505–517. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syu016. PMID 24603127.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Waxwings and their allies, tits & penduline tits". World Bird List Version 6.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  5. ^ Gosler, A.; Clement, P. (2017). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 2 September 2017.(subscription required)

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