Caspian Tits

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The Caspian Tit (Poecile hyrcanus, formerly Parus hyrcanus) occurs in the deciduous mountain forests of northern Iran extending into Azerbaijan.

 

Description

The Caspian Tit measures about 12.5 cm in length.

The plumage above is a rich brown. The plumage below is pinkish-buff turning paler and greyer as the feathers age. The Caspian Tit has a dark brown cap and bib.

Males and females look alike.

Juvenile birds have a duller plumage.

 

Calls / Vocalizations

The Caspian Tits are generally quiet, except for the occasional thin zsit or a nasal double note, chev chev.

 

Breeding / Nesting

The Caspian Tit typically excavates a nesting hole in a rotten stump or in a tree, often decayed. The nests are lined with fur, hair, wood chips and feathers.

The average clutch consists of 5 - 7 white eggs with faint reddish spots or blotches.

 

Diet / Feeding

The Caspian Tit feeds on caterpillars, insects and seeds.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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