Species: Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

Family: Long-tailed Tits (AEGITHALIDAE)

Category: Birds

Location: NW

A. Birds

More extensive information on birds can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Long-tailed Tits (AEGITHALIDAE)

This family was set up for the Long-tailed Tits or Bush Tits, which were once thought to be part of the Titmice family (Paridae).

C. Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

These active omnivores fly in family groups, in which offspring stay with the parents to help rear the next generation. These families may be 50 strong. They build intricate nests woven from moss, lichens, and cobwebs. They are resident breeders, and with 380,000 pairs counted in 2016 their conservation status is GREEN. Although their numbers can drop sharply in a harsh Winter, they do recover their numbers well.

Images

Long-tailed Tit

These active omnivores fly in family groups, in which offspring stay with the parents to help rear the next generation. This individual, photographed in March, was unaccompanied.

Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tits are resident breeders, and with 380,000 pairs counted in 2016 their conservation status is GREEN.

Long-tailed Tit

Although their numbers can drop sharply in a harsh Winter, Long-tailed Tits do recover their numbers well. This juvenile was one of three bobbing about in the Cemetery in July.

Long-tailed Tit

The social nature of Long-tailed Tits is well-known, as they bounce around our streets and gardens in small, family groups. They start this behaviour as soon as they can get airborne, and occasionally one can catch a close-up photograph of one of a group if they settle long enough. This one is a juvenile Long-tailed Tit.