Week 2 August: The Long Tailed Tit

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Week 2 August: The Long Tailed Tit

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.

What do Long Tailed Tits eat?

Diet: Insects and their larvae, spiders, berries, peanuts and suet cake.

Long Tailed Tits feed in the canopy or on the top of shrubs. They can be attracted to gardens by hanging bird feeders that contain peanuts and bird seeds. They can also be seen on bird tables eating suet pellets and suet balls.

What do birds eat? The Long Tailed Tit

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