Great Tit
Animals, Birds

Scientific name: Parus major

The largest of the UK’s tits, Great Tits are birds of woodland, parks and gardens where they nest in holes in trees but are just as happy to use nestboxes as substitutes. Tits are active feeders, hunting out insects and spiders amongst the smaller branches and leaves of trees in woodlands. But they are also well-adapted to gardens and towns and will visit birdtables, fighting off other, smaller tits to get to the food. Great Tits have a distinctive song: listen out for a high-pitched bicycle pump or ‘teacher teacher’ sound.

Location:
England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
Specific name:
Parus major
Height:
Length: 14cm Wingspan: 24cm
Weight:
18g
Population:
Common.

How to identify the Great Tit

Great Tits have a black head, white cheeks, green back, yellow belly and black stripe down the breast.

How can I help?

You can help to look after Great Tits and other garden birds by providing food and water for them – it doesn’t matter if you have a big garden or live in a high-rise flat, there are plenty of feeders, baths and food choices out there to suit all kinds of situations.