Long-tailed Tit –– Aegithalos caudatus

The Long-Tailed Tit is a gregarious and noisy bird, found all year across the UK, except in the far north and west of Scotland. They can be seen flocking with other Tits during the winter.

Identification

Adult: The adult bird has a white crown with bold, black stripes over the eyes, extending to a black back. Wings are black and white, with a broad pink band across the upper edge, whilst the tail is black with white outer feathers. Underparts are white, with a pink undertail.
Juvenile: The juvenile has a black, sooty head and lacks the pink undertail seen on the adult.
Size: 13.5—14.5cm.
Bill: Black, tiny.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Heaths, woodlands, gardens and hedges.
Behaviour: Flits, takes off/lands from vegetation.
Flocking: 1—20.
Flight: Labored flittering.
Voice: Continuous zee-zee-zee call.

Breeding

Nest: Bushes.
Eggs: 8—12. White.
Incubation period: 12—14 days.
Fledgeling: 14—18 days.
Broods: 1—2. March—April.
Food: Insects, seeds, peanuts and suet treats.
UK breeding pairs: 150,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Peanuts, Berry Suet Pellets.

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