White-winged Black Tit
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White-winged Black Tit

White-winged black tit
Melaniparus leucomelas.jpg
Nominate race in Ethiopia
Melaniparus leucomelas insignis, Cuanavale-rivier, Birding Weto Tours, a.jpg
M. l. subsp. insignis in Angola
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Melaniparus
M. leucomelas
Binomial name
Melaniparus leucomelas
(Rüppell, 1840)
Parus leucomelas distribution map.png
Map showing ranges of two races, respectively north and south of equator
  • Parus leucomelas

The white-winged black tit (Melaniparus leucomelas) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is also known as the white-winged tit, dark-eyed black tit or northern black tit.[2] The species was first described by Eduard Rüppell in 1840.


It is mainly black with a white wing patch, but differs from the more northern white-shouldered tit (Melaniparus guineensis) with which it sometimes considered conspecific in that it has a dark eye.

Range and races

It is found in central Africa, from Angola in the west to Ethiopia in the east. There are two races:[3]

  • M. l. subsp. leucomelas Rüppell, 1840 - Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan
  • M. l. subsp. insignis Cabanis, 1880 - African equator to southern subtropics


The white-winged black 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.[4][5]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Parus leucomelas". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Gosler, A. & Clement, P. (2019). "Dark-eyed Black Tit (Melaniparus leucomelas)". In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  3. ^ "White-winged Black Tit (Parus leucomelas) - HBW 12, p. 731". Internet Bird Collection. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Waxwings and their allies, tits & penduline tits". World Bird List Version 6.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 2016.

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