Willow Tit


Willow Tit

Very closely related to the Marsh Tit and found in similar habitats. Larger white cheeks, more diffuse black bib and its dull black cap distinguish it was the Marsh Tit.


Identification

Adult
Dull black cap. buff-brown upperparts with pale wing edges. Medium lengthed notched tail. White breast & belly
Size
11 - 12cms (4.5 - 5')
Bill
Black, medium in length
Legs
Red, medium in length
Habitat
Heaths, woods, hedges, gardens
Behaviour
Flits, takes off & landing from vegetation
Flocking
1 - 2
Flight
Undulating, flitting
Voice
High pitched zi-zi-zi and buzzing erz-erz-erz

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Thinly lined, self built cavity
Eggs
6 - 9 white with reddish speckles
Incubation Period
13 - 15 days
Broods
1; April - May
Food
Seeds & insects
UK Breeding Pairs
50,000