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Long-tailed Tit Bird

Identification of Long-tailed Tit Bird

Long Tailed Tit Bird 1 Length: 13-15cm (inc. tail of 7-9cm) WIngspan: 16-19cm Call: "tss'ss'ss'ss'ssi'ssi'ssi'ssi"

Long-tailed Tit Bird is a cute little bird, with a small body and very long tail. It is round-headed with a tiny black bill, and is often seen moving in restless flocks with a weak bouncing flight, playing follow-my-leader between gaps in the trees and along hedgerows. The head and underparts are whitish, with a broad black band that runs from in front of the eye along the side of the crown to the nape, and faint black streaks on the cheek. The upperparts are black, with a large panel of dirty pink on the scapulars. The tail is black with white on the outer feathers, and the short stubby wings have broad white edges on the tertials and secondaries. Northern populations of the nominate race have a completely snowy-white head.

Habitat of Long-tailed Tit Bird

Long-tailed Tit Bird is a resident bird, common and widespread in Britain, with northern populations occasionally undergoing irruptions southwards. It favours deciduous and mixed woodland, with plenty of thick undergrowth such as hazel and willow. It is also found in scrub and bushy areas outside of woodland, such as in gardens, parks, hedges in farmland and other marginal habitats with secondary growth.

Song / Call of Long-tailed Tit Bird

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Long-tailed Tit Bird is a noisy and vocal bird, frequently heard uttering a thin and weak-sounding "ssi'ssi'ssi'ssi" when in flight or as a contact note. This call is easy to mimic and will often bring birds close when copied. Another commonly heard call is a dry and slurred "trrrr", and a short little conversational "pt" note. It also gives a harder, scolding "tsrr'r'r'r'r" when excited or alarmed, and an agitated and alert-sounding "tsrrr-tsrrr", a little like a Yellow Wagtail song note. The song is infrequently heard, and is a rather random and hurried collection of short dry chipping notes, interspersed with nasal twittering, bubbling sounds and a few short melodious whistles.