Long-Tailed Tit

Scientific name: Aegithalos caudatus

Did you know: The Long-Tailed Tit’s nest is an architectural marvel, crafted with over 6,000 pieces including moss and spider silk, and lined with up to 1,500 feathers!

What Do Long-Tailed Tits Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

The Long-Tailed Tit is a charming bird with a blush, white, and black colour scheme. Its most notable feature is its tail, which is longer than its upper body, giving it a unique silhouette. These birds are sociable, often seen in lively flocks, and are known for their distinctive bouncing flight.

Differences Between Male And Female Long-Tailed Tits

Males and females of this species are similar in appearance. Juveniles, however, tend to have a greyer and more striped appearance, which can make them a bit tricky to distinguish from other similar species.

What Do Long-Tailed Tits Eat?

These birds have a diet primarily consisting of insects, but they’re also known to eat seeds during the autumn and winter months.

Where Do Long-Tailed Tits Live? (Including Migration Info)

Long-Tailed Tits are resident birds across the UK, frequently spotted in woodlands, urban areas, farmlands, and heathlands. They are adaptable birds, often seen in gardens and parks.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Long-Tailed Tits)

Their vocalisations are a key identifier, including a high-pitched ‘pit’, a ‘triple trill’ eez-eez-eez, and a rattling schnuur. These calls often speed up when they move across open areas or if separated from their group.

Fun Long-Tailed Tit Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Known for their sociable nature, they travel in flocks of around 20 birds.
  • Despite what they’re called, they aren’t closely related to other common tit species.
  • Their nests are intricate and camouflaged, resembling a small sleeping bag.
  • These birds have a unique roosting behaviour, huddling together at night for warmth.
  • They undergo a complete moult to adult plumage before their first winter.

Long-Tailed Tit Images

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Male
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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 Long-Tailed Tit

Diet: Insects, occasionally seeds in autumn and winter.
Bird Family: Long-tailed tits
Length: 14cm
Wingspan: 16-19cm
Weight: 7-10g
Scientific Name: Aegithalos caudatus

The Long-Tailed Tit Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

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