The Long Tailed Tit

The Long Tailed Tit

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 Long Tailed Tit.

The adult Long Tailed Tit is a small bird whose black and white tail is longer than its body. Its shoulders and underparts are pinkish and the head has a white crown with black marks above the eyes. They have red eye rings and a very small black bill. Unlike the adults Juvenile Long Tailed Tits do not have pink underparts and have grey-black cheeks.

The Long-tailed Tit's nest is a ball of moss, spiders' webs, lichen, feathers, and hair that is built by both birds in a bush, hedge or tree. It takes the adult male and female about 3 weeks to build the nest. The female will have 1 to 2 clutches of eggs each year. Each clutch will consist of 5 to 16 purplish white eggs with purple and red spots. The eggs will hatch after 12 to 14 days and two weeks later the chicks will fledge and leave the nest.

Long Tailed Tit facts

Distribution: Found all year round except for in the far north and west of Scotland.

Habitat: Popular habitats include woodland, farmland hedgerows, scrubland, parkland and gardens.

Description: Black and pink with white crown and long black tail.

Size: Length: 15 cms Weight: Weight: 7-9 grams.

Life-span: A Great Tit can live for up to 2 years.

Food: Feed on insects and their larvae, spiders and also on berries.

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

 

 

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Phil Bracegirdle

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