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Rufous-bellied Tit, Sakania, DRC (14766509703).jpg
Melaniparus rufiventris (Rufous-bellied tit)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Melaniparus
Bonaparte, 1850

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Melaniparus is a genus of birds in the tit family. The species were formerly placed in the speciose genus Parus but were moved to Melaniparus based on a molecular phylogenetic analysis published in 2013 that showed that the members formed a distinct clade.[1]

The following species, all from Africa and mostly having dark plumage, have been placed in the genus:[2]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Melaniparus guineensis White-shouldered black tit Africa from Senegal in the west to Kenya and Ethiopia in the east
Melaniparus leucomelas insignis, Cuanavale-rivier, Birding Weto Tours, a.jpg Melaniparus leucomelas White-winged black tit central Africa, from Angola in the west to Ethiopia in the east
Southern Black Tit, Parus niger, at Pilanesberg National Park, Northwest Province, South Africa (16834192359).jpg Melaniparus niger Southern black tit Angola to the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Melaniparus carpi, Kunene River Lodge, Birding Weto, a.jpg Melaniparus carpi Carp's tit Angola and Namibia
White-bellied tit.jpg Melaniparus albiventris White-bellied tit Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda
Melaniparus leuconotus White-backed black tit Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Melaniparus funereus Dusky tit Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Uganda
Rufous-bellied Tit, Sakania, DRC (14766509703).jpg Melaniparus rufiventris Rufous-bellied tit Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Namibia east to Tanzania and northern Mozambique.
Melaniparus fringillinus Red-throated tit Kenya and Tanzania
Melaniparus fasciiventer.jpg Melaniparus fasciiventer Stripe-breasted tit Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Melaniparus thruppi Acacia tit or Somali Tit Ethiopia and Somalia south to north eastern Tanzania
Melaniparus griseiventris, oog van Cuitorivier, Birding Weto, a.jpg Melaniparus griseiventris Miombo tit Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Melaniparus cinerascens (cropped).jpg Melaniparus cinerascens Ashy tit Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Parus afer -Namaqua National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa -adult-6.jpg Melaniparus afer Grey tit Lesotho and South Africa


  1. ^ Johansson, U.S.; Ekman, J.; Bowie, R.C.K.; Halvarsson, P.; Ohlson, J.I.; Price, T.D.; Ericson, P.G.P. (2013). "A complete multilocus species phylogeny of the tits and chickadees (Aves: Paridae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 69 (3): 852–860. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2013.06.019. PMID 23831453.
  2. ^ 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.