Male Crested Tit

Crested Tit

Scientific name: Lophophanes cristatus

Did you know: The Crested Tit, a charming bird with a distinctive spiky crest, can be primarily found in the ancient Caledonian pine forests of Scotland, making it a special sighting for bird enthusiasts.

What Do Crested Tits Look Like? (how to identify them)

The Crested Tit is easily recognisable by its unique ‘bridled’ pattern on its face and striking black and white crest

This small bird exhibits a mix of cream, buff, brown, grey, black, and white feathers, creating a relatively subdued but elegant appearance.

Differences Between Male And Female Crested Tits

While males and females look quite similar, males typically have slightly larger crests and more pronounced black markings. However, these differences are subtle and may be challenging to discern in the wild.

What Do Crested Tits Eat?

These birds are versatile feeders, primarily consuming a variety of pine seeds and insects. 

During early winter, they actively store food to ensure sustenance through the later winter months. This adaptability in their diet is a key aspect of their survival strategy.

Where Do Crested Tits Live? (inc. migration info)

Crested Tits are predominantly found in coniferous forests all over the central and northern parts of Europe and in the deciduous woodlands in France and the Iberian Peninsula. 

In the UK, they’re mostly seen in Inverness and Strathspey in Scotland. Generally resident, these birds usually don’t migrate, staying close to their chosen habitats.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Crested Tits)

The Crested Tit’s call is a notable ‘zee, zee, zee’, akin to the Coal Tit. These sounds play a crucial role in their communication, especially during mating season and when signalling danger.

Fun Crested Tit Facts (kid friendly)

  • Crested Tits can cling to trunks and branches upside down while foraging.
  • They use old woodpecker holes or rotting stumps for nesting.
  • In winter, they often join flocks with the other tit species for better survival chances.
  • Their distinctive crest can be raised or flattened, depending on their mood.
  • Despite their small size, they have a loud and distinct birdsong that echoes through the forests.

Crested Tit Images

Male Crested Tit Male
Female Crested Tit Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Crested Tit

Diet: Insects and seeds.
Bird Family: Tits
Length: 11.5cm
Wingspan: 17-20cm
Weight: 10-13g
Scientific Name: Lophophanes cristatus

The Crested Tit Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December