Blue Tit – Parus caeruleus

The garden residing Blue tit is one of the most attractive and common members of the tit family. They are particularly attracted to peanut feeders and readily breed in garden nest boxes if positioned suitably, as well as being frequent visitors to bird baths. They can be seen across the whole of the UK.

Identification

Adult: Blue tits have pale blue wings with a single white wing bar and a greenish back. Their underparts are yellow, with a neat, dark line dividing the centre breast. White cheeks are enclosed by a further dark line from eye to chin, beneath a blue crown. Their notched tails are pale blue and medium in length.
Juvenile: A juvenile’s colouring is less rich than the adult bird, whilst the crown is a greenish yellow as opposed to blue.
Size: 11—12cm.
Bill: Black, short and stubby.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Gardens, heaths, woodlands and hedges.
Behaviour: Flits, takes off/lands on vegetation.
Flocking: 1—30.
Flight: Flitting, undulating.
Voice: Harsh churr.

Breeding

Nest: Trees, large bushes and nest boxes.
Eggs: 7—12. White with red speckles.
Incubation period: 12-16 days.
Fledgeling: 15-23 days.
Broods: 1. April—May.
Food: Insects, seeds, suet and nuts.
UK breeding pairs: 3,500,00.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Peanuts, Countrywide Dried Mealworms.

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