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Carp's Tit - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Carp's Black Tit

Photo by laurent.f
Palmwag aera, Namibia, January 2016
Melaniparus carpi


15 cm (6 in)

  • Black overall plumage
  • White wing patches

Similar Species

Very similar to the Southern Black Tit but the white on the wings is more extensive, and the undertail coverts are black, rather than black and white.


Western Africa: found only in southern Angola to north-western Namibia


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in genus Parus.


Mopane and acacia woodland - favouring hillsides and escarpments.



Although not well recorded, they are know to eat spiders, ants and termites.


Monogamous. They may not breed during periods of drought.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa
  4. BF Member observations
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)

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