Stripe-Breasted Tit

The Stripe-Breasted Tit, or Parus Faciiventer, is an Albertine Rift endemic (ARE) species inhabiting the montane forests of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As a member of a widespread and well-known bird family, the Stripe-Breasted Tit is atypical among the ARE species, and birders from Europe and North America will hardly find it exotic. At Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, it is common in the middle level and canopy of forests above 1800 meters. The Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation has a field station in Ruhija, and researchers there have long monitored the bird's breeding behavior. Nearly all of the breeding pairs have been ringed, and dozens of nest boxes are scattered along the access road. On a recent trip to Ruhija this March, I observed the Stripe-Breasted Tit's cooperative breeding behavior, in which breeding pairs are sometimes assisted by young male offspring.




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