Great Tit


Great Tit

The Great Tit is the largest & most clearly marked of all the UK tits. Absent only from northern & western isles of Scotland.


Identification

Adult
The Great tit is green & yellow with a shiny black crown & bib joining up to enclose its white cheeks. Its bright yellow bib & belly is divided by a glossy black stripe. Its back is green & its tail & wings are pale blue with white outer feathers.
Juvenile
The juvenile has a greyish crown and yellow cheeks.
Size
13.5 - 14.5cm
Bill
Black, short and stubby.
Legs
Black: medium in length
Habitat
It’s a woodland bird that adapted very well to man made habitats and is quiet at home in your garden. Frequent garden visitor and proficient at feeding from garden bird feeders and tables. Its an aggressive feeder, seeing off smaller tits & birds from tables & feeders.
Behaviour
Flits, takes off & lands from vegetation, tables, feeders.
Flocking
1 - 15
Flight
Flitting, undulating.
Voice
See-saw, teecha-teecha sound.

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Tree hole or nest box.
Eggs
Lays 8- 13 eggs, white, spotted reddish.
Incubation Period
13 - 14 days
Broods
1; March - May.
Food
Insects, seeds, nuts & suet.
UK Breeding Pairs
1,700,000

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