Great Tit – Parus major

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

Identification

Adult: Green and yellow, with a shiny black crown and bib which joins to enclose white cheeks. A bright yellow bib and belly are divided by a glossy black stripe. Its back is green and its tail and wings are pale blue, with white outer feathers.
Juvenile: Distinguished by a grey crown and yellow cheeks.
Size: 13.5—14.5cm.
Bill: Black, short and stubby.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: A woodland bird, which adapts well to man-made habitats and gardens. Proficient at feeding from bird feeders and tables, although does so aggressively, seeing off smaller birds.
Behaviour: Flits, takes off/lands from vegetation, tables and feeders.
Flocking:
Flight: Flitting and undulating.
Voice: See-saw, teecha-teecha sound.

Breeding

Nest: Holes in trees or nest boxes.
Eggs: 8—13. White with red spots.
Incubation period: 13—14 days.
Fledgeling: 16—22 days.
Broods: 1. March-May.
Food: Insects, seeds, nuts and suet.
UK breeding pairs: 1,700,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Granulated Peanuts, Suet Fat Balls With Mealworms and Insects.

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