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Crested Tit Bird

Identification of Crested Tit Bird

Crested Tit Bird Length: 10.5-12cm Wingspan: 17-20cm Call: "chr'r'r'r'r'r"

Crested Tit Bird is a delightful little tit that is immediately recognizable by its distinctive pointed triangular crest, which is whitish-grey and speckled and scalloped with blackish markings. The head is whitish, neatly patterned with a narrow black line through the eye which curves down at the rear, forming a border around the ear coverts. It has an extensive black throat, the lower edge of which is joined to a black collar extending round to the nape. The upperparts are brown and the underparts are whitish-buff, washed warmer.

Habitat of Crested Tit Bird

Crested Tit Bird is Highly sedentary, it occurs widely across Europe yet in Britain is represented only by a relict population in the pine forests of central-northern Scotland. Typically preferring coniferous forest, and often in moss and lichen-rich spruce, it can also be found occasionally in mixed forest, and in Iberia is found in deciduous woods. The nest hole is excavated by the female, although the species will use existing holes and nest boxes.

Song / Call of Crested Tit Bird

The commonly heard call of Crested Tit Bird, used for advertising and contact, is a cheery, low, almost purring "chr'r'r'r'r'r" or "br'r'r'r'r'r", on an even scale or descending in tone slightly. It is quite vocal and frequently uses other short calls, such as high-pitched "see" and "zit" sounds, often running them together and sounding not unlike the calls of a Goldcrest or Firecrest, or combining them with the purring call, such as "see-si-sit, si-see-sit chr'r'r'r'r". The song is a poorly developed, rising and falling combination of purring call notes preceded by rather hoarse high-pitched notes, as in "iir'szi'zzi-churr'r'r'r'r, iir'szi'zzi-churr'r'r'r'r, iir'szi'zzi-churr'r'r'r'r".