LC
Rufous-bellied Tit Melaniparus rufiventris



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note
Melaniparus rufiventris and M. pallidiventris (del Hoyo and Collar 2016) were previously lumped as Parus rufiventris following Dowsett & Forbes-Watson (1993).

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type Average mass -
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 3,340,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -
Population and trend
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 0
Population trend Stable suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.2 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified.

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Angola N Extant Yes
Botswana N Extant Yes
Congo N Extant Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the N Extant Yes
Malawi N Extant Yes
Namibia N Extant Yes
Zambia N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Angola Cameia National Park
Angola Cuango
Angola Luachimo River (Chitato)
Angola Luando Strict Nature Reserve
Angola Luia
Angola Mupa National Park
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Marungu highlands
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Upemba National Park
Malawi Nyika National Park (Malawi)
Malawi Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve
Malawi South Viphya Forest Reserve
Malawi Mtangatanga and Perekezi Forest Reserves
Malawi Kasungu National Park
Malawi Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Malawi Ntchisi Mountain Forest Reserve
Malawi Dzalanyama Forest Reserve
Malawi Namizimu Forest Reserve
Malawi Mangochi Mountain Forest Reserve
Malawi Liwonde Hills Forest Reserve
Malawi Mount Mulanje Forest Reserve
Namibia Mahango Game Reserve and Kavango river
Tanzania Loazi-Kalambo Forest Reserves and surrounding area
Zambia Hillwood
Zambia Source of the Zambezi
Zambia Chitunta Plain
Zambia West Lunga National Park and Lukwakwa Game Management Area
Zambia Liuwa Plain National Park
Zambia Sioma Ngwezi National Park
Zambia Kafue National Park
Zambia Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage
Zambia North Swaka
Zambia Chisamba
Zambia Lower Zambezi National Park
Zambia Lukususi National Park
Zambia Shiwa Ng'andu
Zambia Lavushi Manda National Park
Zambia Kasanka National Park
Zambia Kalungwishi
Zambia Jimbe Drainage
Zambia Minyanya Plain
Zambia Mbulo Forest
Zambia Wonder Gorge
Zambia Mutinondo Wilderness
Zambia Lusenga Plain National Park
Zambia Mafinga Mountains
Zambia Nyanje Hills
Congo Lake Télé Community Reserve

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Altitude 600 - 2000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Melaniparus rufiventris. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/10/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/10/2020.