Working for birds in Africa

The vocalisations of African black tits (Parus niger complex)

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The taxonomy of the African black tits of the Parus niger complex is far from settled. For example, White, Hall and Moreau and Dowsett and Forbes-Watson recognised four species (niger, leucomelas, albiventris and leuconotus). Sibley and Monroe recognised five species (separating guineensis from leucomelas, but lumping carpi, which southern African authors had treated as a distinct species for several years, with niger), whilst Sibley and Monroe stuck with five, but shifted carpi from niger to leucomelas. Most recently, I treated the complex as comprising six species (niger, carpi, leucomelas, guineensis,albiventris and leuconotus. Simon Harrap

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