Rufous-vented tit

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Rufous-vented tit
Rufous-vented Tit.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Periparus
Species: P. rubidiventris
Binomial name
Periparus rubidiventris
(Blyth, 1847)
  • Parus rubidiventris Blyth, 1847
  • Parus rufonuchalis beavani (Jerdon, 1863)
Global range
Blue = rubidiventris
Yellow = beavani
Red = whistleri
Green = saramatii

The rufous-vented tit (Periparus rubidiventris) is an Asian songbird species in the tit and chickadee family (Paridae). Some of its subspecies were formerly assigned to its western relative the rufous-naped tit (P. rufonuchalis), or these two were considered entirely conspecific.


The tit was formerly placed in the genus Parus.[1] The four subspecies are:

  • Periparus rubidiventris rubidiventris – S rim of Himalayas from NW to NE India and N Nepal.
  • Periparus rubidiventris beavani (Jerdon, 1863) – Beavan's rufous-vented tit – S rim of Himalayas in NE India and Bhutan.
  • Periparus rubidiventris whistleri – SE rim of Himalayas in SW China and adjacent N Myanmar and extreme NE India. Sometimes included in beavani.[2]
  • Periparus rubidiventris saramatii – Very localised in NW Myanmar.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This tit is a native of the western Himalayas, but has a very large range, occurring in parts of Bhutan, China, Pakistan, India, Myanmar and Nepal. Its natural habitats are boreal forests and temperate forests. In Bhutan for example, P. r. beavani is a rather common all-year resident in moist Bhutan fir (Abies densa) forests, between approximately 3,000 and 4,000 meters ASL. Widespread and by no means rare, it is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.[3]

From Lungthu, Pangolakha WLS in East Sikkim, India.


  1. ^ Gill et al. (2005)
  2. ^ Bangs (1932)
  3. ^ Inskipp et al. (2000), BLI (2008)


  • Bangs, Outram (1932): Birds of western China obtained by the Kelley-Roosevelts expedition. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Zool. Ser. 18(11): 343-379. Fulltext at the Internet Archive
  • BirdLife International (2008). "Parus rubidiventris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
  • Gill, Frank B.; Slikas, Beth & Sheldon, Frederick H. (2005): Phylogeny of titmice (Paridae): II. Species relationships based on sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome-b gene. Auk 122(1): 121-143. DOI: 10.1642/0004-8038(2005)122[0121:POTPIS]2.0.CO;2 HTML abstract
  • Inskipp, Carol; Inskipp, Tim & Sherub (2000): The ornithological importance of Thrumshingla National Park, Bhutan. Forktail 14: 147-162. PDF fulltext

External links[edit]

Media related to Periparus rubidiventris at Wikimedia Commons