Willow Tit – Parus montanus

Closely related to the Marsh Tit and found in similar habitats, its larger white cheeks, more diffused black bib and a dull black cap keep it distinguishable.

Identification

Adult: Dull black cap, buff-brown upperparts, pale-edged wings and a white breast. Medium lengthed, notched tail.
Size: 11–12cm.
Bill: Black, short and stubby.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Heaths, woodlands, hedges and gardens.
Behaviour: Flits, takes off/lands from vegetation.
Flocking: 1–2.
Flight: Undulating and flitting.
Voice: High pitched zi-zi-zi and buzzing erz-erz-erz.

Breeding

Nest: Thinly lined, with a self-built cavity.
Eggs: 6–9. White with red speckles.
Incubation period: 13–15 days.
Fledgeling: 17–19 days.
Broods: 1. April–May.
Food: Insects and seeds.
UK breeding pairs: 50,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide High Energy Wild Bird Feed, Countrywide Dried Mealworms.

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