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Rufous-bellied Tit | Parus rufiventris

The Rufous-bellied Tit is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Paridae bird family group which includes birds such as Tits, Penduline-Tits.

The description for the Rufous-bellied Tit (Latin name Parus rufiventris) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Parus rufiventris can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 556 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 740. You will find a picture of the Rufous-bellied Tit on page 769.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Rufous-bellied Tit between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Rufous-bellied Tit has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 20 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Parus rufiventris has a black coloured throat, blue, grey legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are yellow.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black

Eyes are yellow

Bill is black

Legs are blue, grey

Throat is black

Back is grey

Feeding Habits ...

The Rufous-bellied Tit is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The bird builds its nest within a tree cavity just a few meters above the ground. The hole in the tree is normally reused in the next nesting season.

The Rufous-bellied Tit is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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