Long-tailed Tit
Animals, Birds

Scientific name: Aegithalos caudatus

Long-tailed Tits are tiny birds of hedgerows, woodland, parks and gardens. They build a domed nest in a bush or the fork of a tree using moss, which they camouflage with cobwebs and lichen. They line the nest with feathers, using as many as 1,500 to make it soft for the eight to twelve eggs they lay. Tits are active feeders, hunting out insects and spiders amongst the smaller branches of trees in woodlands. But they are also well-adapted to gardens and towns and will visit birdtables and feeders. In winter, they will form flocks with other tits, roaming woodlands, parks and gardens, and commons and heaths with suitable bushes.

Location:
England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
Specific name:
Aegithalos caudatus
Height:
Length: 14cm Wingspan: 18cm
Weight:
9g
Population:
Common

How to identify the Long-tailed Tit?

Long-tailed Tits live up to their name with black and white tails that are bigger than their bodies. They have a black, white and pink back, a white head with a wide black eyestripe, and a pale pink belly.

How can I help?

You can help to look after Long-tailed 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.