Birds that visit our gardens and school grounds

Each week we will be featuring a bird that frequently visits our school grounds and gardens. This week our chosen bird is The Great Tit.

The Great Tit is the largest bird in the British Tits family and is easy to recognise with its yellow breast and long black central band which runs from its chin to its tail.  It has a black and white head.  It is a really colourful bird. The tail is blue grey with white outer feathers. Females have less glossy caps and less black on the breast.

Great Tits are birds of woodland, parks and gardens where they nest in holes in trees and search in the branches and leaves for grubs to feed their chicks. Adult Great Tits will make their nests of moss and grass in trees, stone walls and even flower pots! Females each spring will lay 5 to 11 eggs which will hatch after 14 days. The chicks then will stay in the nest for up to 21 days before leaving.

Great Tit facts

Distribution: Found all year round across all parts of the United Kingdom.

Habitat: Popular habitats include woodlands, towns, gardens and farmland.

Description: Male – Larger than the Blue Tit, Yellow breast, black band from chin to tail, tail – blue grey with outer white feathers. Female – similar with less black on the breast.

Size: Length: 14 cms Weight: Weight: 18 grams.

Life-span: A Great Tit can live for up to 3 years.

Food: Feed on caterpillar grubs, seeds, fruit, nuts and suet.

To download your own copy of our fabulous Great Tit facts sheets just click on the thumbnail images below.


 

Photographs:

Great Tit (Top right)        Great Tit egg (Top left)