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Long-tailed tit

Tuesday, 6th June 2017

In recent years Long-tailed Tits have copied the hanging feeder habits of the Blue and Great Tits and now visit feeders frequently especially during cold weather.
Long-tailed tits


The Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) is a delightful little bird with pink, black and white plumage and long black tail with white outer feathers. It is named the Long-tailed tit because its tail is longer than its body.

Long-tailed tits have a high-pitched twittering, trilling song "tsee-tsee-tsee" which is unmistakable.

They are relatively common throughout the UK, and can be found within hedgerows, deciduous woodland and gardens.

They build a beautiful dome-shaped nest of moss woven with spiders' webs lined with large amounts of small, soft feathers. The nest is built by both birds in a bush, hedge or tree. Some Long-tailed tits may only move a short distance from their nesting sites.

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They like to feed on insects and insect larvae, and they are very fond of berries. They are increasingly taking food from garden feeders, especially if they are filled with Peanuts, Peanut Granules and they're rather partial to Golden Chorus.
 
Golden Chorus


Additionally, our Berry Suet Pellet Extra - which are smaller than our original suet pellets - can be fed from a standard tube type seed feeder or from a bird table and Long-tailed tits find them very agreeable. What's the "Extra"? The addition of high-energy mixed berries and sultanas - perfect for Long-tailed tits.

Long-tailed tits seem to be doing well as a UK population - possibly because of milder winters. They've adapted very well to our bird gardens and they're popular with people who feed birds because they make such a delightful visitor to any feeding station.

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