Long Tailed Tit

Aegithalidae caudatus

Long Tailed Tit

Description

The long tailed tit is a tiny bird, with a small body and a tail that is longer than its body.

Males and females are similar with a black, white and pink colouring and distinctive black and white tails.

Often seen travelling in small excitable flocks, hanging upside down like other tits.

Prevalence

Reside all year round in the UK with 340,000 terrotories in all but the far North and West of Scotland.

Seen in woodland, farmland, gardens and hedgerows.

Breeding

They are early breeders (from February) and build an oval moss nest with a roof and an entrance that is lined with feathers and camouflaged with cobwebs and lichen.

Long tailed tits lay 8-12 eggs that are white with purple/red spots.

Lifespan

2 years.

Diet

They roam in flocks through the winter searching for insects and spiders.

They will visit bird tables and feeders, during their somewhat fleeting visits they take suet, and high energy foods. These little birds need to consume high energy foods to keep warm in the winter.

Provide long tailed tits with the energy required to stay warm in winter……