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Bearded Tit Bird

Identification of Bearded Tit Bird

Bearded Tit Bird 1 Length: 14-15.5cm Wingspan: 16-18cm Call: "djjjuu"

Bearded Tit Bird is a striking and attractive little bird with a long tapering tail. The head is large and rounded, with a small stubby orange-yellow bill and a yellow eye. The rump, tail and back are uniform tawny-russet with short wings brightly patterned with rufous-orange, black and white. The underparts are whitish with rufous-tinged flanks and black undertail coverts. The male has a blue-grey head and long black drooping 'moustaches' extending downwards from the lores and framing a white throat. The head of the female is uniform with the back; juveniles have a black panel on the back and black on the tail sides.

Habitat of Bearded Tit Bird

Bearded Tit Bird is a resident in Britain, although mostly found in the south and south-east. It is widespread across Europe, but restricted by habitat requirements into well-separated blocks. Strongly tied to large Phragmites reedbeds in freshwater marshes, it occasionally uses other adjacent vegetation. It is sensitive to cold weather, with birds dispersing in winter when they may occur in isolated small patches of reeds and reedy ditches. The species occasionally undergoes population irruptions. Up to four broods are raised when conditions are right.

Song / Call of Bearded Tit Bird

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The commonly heard call of Bearded Tit Bird as birds buzz about in the reeds is a nasal twanging "djjjuu", "tjjii!" and "tching", often repeated in chorus by small flocks and family parties. It has other often-used conversational calls, such as a hard "plic" or "thrrc", a low descending "dzhiir" and a rising finch-like "dweeh". The song is unobtrusive and easily overlooked, consisting of three or four of these call notes run together, such as "tching-djick-dweeh".