Red-throated tit

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Red-throated tit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Melaniparus
Species: M. fringillinus
Binomial name
Melaniparus fringillinus
(Fischer & Reichenow, 1884)
Parus fringillinus distribution map.png
resident range[2]

Parus fringillinus

The red-throated tit (Melaniparus fringillinus) is a species of bird in the family Paridae. It is found in Kenya and Tanzania. Its natural habitat is dry savanna.

The red-throated tit was formerly one of the many species in the genus Parus but was moved to Melaniparus after a molecular phylogenetic analysis published in 2013 showed that the members of the new genus formed a distinct clade.[3][4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Parus fringillinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Based on maps in The Birds of Africa, Handbook of the Birds of the World and the BirdLife data zone
  3. ^ 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. PMID 23831453. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2013.06.019. 
  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.