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Marsh Tit Bird

Identification of Marsh Tit Bird

Marsh Tit Bird Length: 11.5-13cm Wingspan: 18-19.5cm Call: "pssi'chew!"

Marsh Tit Bird is a compact, large-headed and dumpy-bodied tit, most likely to be confused with the Willow Tit, to which it is very similar. It has a glossy black cap, which extends to the nape in a narrow line and borders a large whitish cheek. It has a small black bill and a small black 'bib' or chin and upper throat, typically much smaller than on the Willow Tit. The upperparts are uniform mouse-brown, without the Willow's pale panel on the wing. The tail is brown and the underparts are whitish, washed buff on the flanks. The sexes are similar.

Habitat of Marsh Tit Bird

Marsh Tit Bird is a widespread resident across much of England, Wales and Continental Europe, found in deciduous and mixed woodland and with a preference for oak and beech. It prefers moist habitats, and can also be found in alder carr and in riverine trees and shrubs at the margins of wetland, ideally with some dead or decaying trees, as it requires ready-made holes for nesting. It is also found in parks and large gardens where suitable broad-leaved vegetation occurs, and will often visit feeders.

Song / Call of Marsh Tit Bird

The diagnostic call of Marsh Tit Bird is a quick, explosive "pssi' chew!" or "ssi'ssi'chew", often followed by, and combined with, a scolding nasal "jhe'jhe'jhe'jhe" to make "pssi'chew! jhe'jhe'jhe'jhe", or a softer, more chattering and more Blue Tit-like "eh'eh'eh'eh". It also uses a monosyllabic "sip" and a high-pitched "tsip'sip" note in territorial disputes. The song is highly variable between individuals, and is a loud and clear ringing series of 5-7 notes delivered on an even scale. Versions include "tiiup tiiup tiiup tiiup tiiup", "tue'tue'tue'tue'tue", "tseer'tserr'tseer'tseer'tseer" or a more disyllabic p'chirh p'chirh".