Long-tailed Tits


Long-tailed TitsLong-tailed tits are small perching birds with medium to long tails. They make woven bag nests in trees. Most eat a mixed diet that includes insects.

Species:

Aegithalos

  • Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus:

    The Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus, is a very small passerine bird. It breeds in most of Europe and Asia. It is a non-migratory species.

    It is closely related to the true tits, and in winter it is often found with tit flocks.

    This is a very small bird at only 13–15 cm in length including its very long tail, which itself makes up 7–9 cm of the total. The Long-tailed Tit is black and brown above and whitish below, with reddish flanks. It has a white crown. North European birds (A. c. caudatus) have completely white heads and flanks.

    This is a restless species, constantly on the move as it searches for insects and other small food items. It is usually found in small flocks, and has been described as an avian sheep.

    Long-tailed Tits are birds of deciduous woodlands with undergrowth. They nest in a tree or shrub. Six to twelve eggs are laid in a woven closed nest. The nest is held together with spider webs, and camouflaged with lichen. Adult birds will find a relative's nest and help feeding their "nephews and nieces", if their own nest is predated.

    The call is loud trisyllabic srih-srih-srih.

  • White-cheeked Tit, Aegithalos leucogenys
  • Black-throated Tit, Aegithalos concinnus
  • White-throated Tit, Aegithalos niveogularis
  • Black-browed Tit, Aegithalos iouschistos
  • Sooty Tit, Aegithalos fuliginosus

Psaltriparus

Psaltria

  • Pygmy Tit, Psaltria exilis


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