Blue Tits

Blue Tits

The Blue Tit grows to a length of about 12cm. They are characterised by their bright blue wings and tail. They have a yellow underside and have one black spot. These birds live in Northwest Africa, Europe and the Near East. They are found in parks and gardens feeing on berries and insects. But on winter they will switch to eating seeds that are rich in oils. The Blue Tit will build their nest in a tree or a hollow.

Blue Tits are a common visitor in people’s gardens. People welcome them because of their beautiful blue plumage with yellow and green tints. Unfortunately, these stunning birds can be overlooked because they are so common. These agile little birds are fascinating to watch at work and, as they are very adaptable, they are usually the first bird to exploit any new food source. They are very fast learning little devils! It doesn’t take them long to figure out how to use a new feeder in a garden. They are so adaptable and exploitive, that in sometimes Blue Tits are even known to pierce milk bottle tops for the cream!

Description

The Blue Tit is easily set apart from others by its bold blue cap, black eye stripe and puffy white cheeks. They are a common sight in gardens and many of us are familiar with these beautiful blue birds. They are much smaller than the Great Tit and have slightly different colouring. The wings and tail are also a brilliant blue and are yellow underneath, with a faint black stripe or spot on the middle. The female is slightly paler than the male blue Tit. Young birds are also a duller colour and are easily spotted by their yellow cheeks and greenish plumage.

Nesting

Blue Tits are known to make their homes in any hollow or small holes. They regularly occupy nest boxes. They will build their nest from nearly any material. They use anything from wool to twigs that they find. The Blue Tit will lay about 10-14 eggs at a time! Their eggs are white, covered in red spots. They lay their eggs in April and will incubate them for about two weeks until they hatch. The young fledge after around 16-22 days.

Feeding

Insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts are all accepted by this agile bird. They will also eat any fruit and even take nectar from garden plants. With their incredible agility and ability to learn, they are quick to exploit new food sources, making them a common visitor to bird feeders.

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