Long-Tailed Tit


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
Related to Long-Tailed Tit: chaffinch

Long-Tailed Tit

 

(Aegithalos caudatus), a bird of the family Paradoxornithidae, order Passeriformes. The head and lower part of the body are white, the back is black with brownish or rose-colored tints, and the tail is black.

The long-tailed tit is found in Europe and Asia; in the USSR it ranges from the western borders to Kamchatka and south of 60° N lat. The tit nests in thickets, often on river shores; the nest is round. The long-tailed tit is beneficial because it feeds on insects.

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The number of long-tailed tits seen by North East spotters, for example, rose by 62% compared with the previous year.
gardEN ToP Almost 13,500 people from West Yorkshire took part in the 37th RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, and sightings of the long-tailed tit were up 77% on last year.
The portrait of comedian and bird watcher Bill Oddie by Mark Roscoe, which includes the ghostly insult of a long-tailed tit
The findings come from a 20-year study of long-tailed tits run by Professor Ben Hatchwell at the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences.
The RSPB's Sarah Kelly said: "The significant increase in long-tailed tit sightings highlights the impact that food - or the lack of it - can have on some species.
Dr Daniel Hayhow, conservation scientist for the wildlife charity, said: "The increase in long-tailed tit sightings, along with other smaller garden birds, just goes to show that in the absence of very cold weather these species can survive the winter months in much greater numbers.
This is because I deliberately bought a huge turkey after my dad was given the responsibility of getting one last year and got one the size of a long-tailed tit.
A pack of three cards featuring lovely wintry images of a blue tit, a firecrest and a long-tailed tit is flying off the shelves, and we hope this proves people realise that all birds need our help at the moment.
Here in the West Midlands the top W ten species, in descending order, were house sparrow (although this was seen in only just over half of the gardens) wood pigeon (surely heading for number one next year) blue tit, blackbird, starling, magpie, great tit, robin, goldfinch and long-tailed tit.
The cold season is the perfect time to see colourful woodland birds such as bullfinch, great-spotted woodpecker and long-tailed tit gathering to feed at Hawthorn Wood in the centre, which is open every day except Christmas Day.
Peanuts are popular and the peanut feeders I have are constantly covered with nuthatches, blue tits, great tits, coal tits and even the occasional long-tailed tit, plus the occasional very agile sparrow.
Rings have been fitted to six common garden species - hedge sparrow, great tit, robin, long-tailed tit, blue tit and coal tit.