Crested Tit


Crested Tit

The crested tit is not as colourful as the other tits. Its largely confined to ancient Caledonian pine forests and Scots pine plantations and is attracted to broken tree stumps and scattered birches.


Identification

Adult
Grey/ brown upperparts with prominent upstanding black amid white streaked crest. White face with clearly marked black eye stripe, black bib and line extending to enclose eyes.
Size
11 - 12cm
Bill
Black, short and stubby.
Legs
Black: medium in length
Habitat
It is largely confined to ancient Caledonian pine forests and Scots pine plantations and is attracted to broken tree stumps and scattered birches.
Behaviour
Flits, takes off & landing from vegetation
Flocking
1 - 15
Flight
Flitting, undulating.
Voice
Trilled chirr - chirr - rr

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Hole in old tree stumps
Eggs
Lays 4 - 8 eggs, eggs are white, speckled purple.
Incubation Period
13 – 18 days
Broods
1; April - May
Food
Insects & seeds, suet & nuts
UK Breeding Pairs
2400

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