Great Tit

Parus major

Description

Green and yellow bird, with a black and stripe running down its chest. A black head with bright white cheeks.

The males and females are similar, with the male having a stripe and brighter colouring. juveniles have a dull brown pattern.

The great tit is an intelligent bird and can be aggressive to smaller birds.

Prevelance

Widespread in the UK with 2.5 million territories.

Great tits are woodland birdds to be found in parks and gardens.

Breeding

Nesting sometimes as early as February they build a cup shaped nest in a cavity space and line it with feathers. Great tits will readily used nesting boxes (28mm hole).

5-12 white eggs with purple spots are laid, and 2 broods may be raised.

They feed their young on protein rich caterpillars, each one prepared by removing the guts.

Lifespan

2 years.

Diet

Eats insects, seeds and nuts.

In the winter great tits will join mixed species foraging flocks.

Readily visiting bird tables and feeders they can be quite aggressive, favouring peanuts, mealworms, insect suet pellets.

Encourage Great tits into your garden……..