Long – tailed tit

The Long-tailed Tit is an adorable, small, fluffy pinkish bird.  It is easily recognized with its distinctive colouring, a tail that is bigger than its body, and undulating flight. Gregarious and noisy residents, long-tailed tits are most usually noticed in small, excitable flocks of about 20 birds. Like most tits, they rove the hedgerows, and are found in deciduous woodlands with significant undergrowth, are also seen on heaths and commons with suitable bushes and in gardens This is a restless species, constantly on the move as it searches for insects and other small food items .It is often seen amongst flocks of other tits. Long-tailed tits have a twittering, trilling song, but it is their high-pitched twittering contact calls will usually get them noticed; typically “tsee-tsee-tsee” but also “tsirrup

The shoulders and under parts are pinkish. The head has a white crown with black marks above the eyes and into the nape. They have red eye rings and a very small black bill. The black and white tail is very long, over half the length of the bird and the longest tail of any British bird in proportion to its body. The legs are black-brown.

Juveniles lack pink and have grey-black cheeks

.. During the breeding season (late February to July), Long-tailed Tits form monogamous pairs, and raise a single brood of six to twelve eggs in a woven closed nest, often concealed within a tree or shrub. It is one of the bird  world’s master builders .With an intricate oval -shaped  nest consisting mainly of moss  held together with spider webs, camouflaged with lichen and lined with feathers. The nest may take up to 3 weeks to build and be lined with more than 2000 feathers. Adult male birds will often choose to assist their parents or brothers in raising offspring if their own nest is predated.

They feed mostly on insects and their larvae, and spiders, but also on berries.

Increasingly, Long-tailed Tits are feeding from peanut feeders and suet cake in gardens.

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