Marsh Tit

Scientific name: Poecile palustris

Did you know: Despite their name, Marsh Tits often prefer woodlands over marshes, showcasing their adaptability in various habitats!

What Do Marsh Tits Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Marsh Tits are charming, small birds, predominantly brown, with a striking black cap and a dark ‘bib’. Their bellies are a contrastingly pale hue.

Differences Between Male And Female Marsh Tits

Male and female Marsh Tits are similar in appearance, with males being only slightly larger. The subtle differences in size are often hard to discern in the field.

What Do Marsh Tits Eat?

These clever little birds feed on insects and seeds. Marsh Tits are known for their unique habit of hoarding seeds, a testament to their remarkable memory, which is even more developed than that of their relative, the Great Tit.

Where Do Marsh Tits Live? (Including Migration Info)

Marsh Tits are found across the UK, favouring woodlands, both in rural and suburban areas. Despite their name suggesting a preference for marshlands, they adapt well to various environments.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Marsh Tits)

Marsh Tits might be small, but their calls are mighty! They produce a variety of vocalisations, including a distinctive ‘pitchou’ note, which is a sign of their alertness and social communication.

Fun Marsh Tit Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Marsh Tits have a special part of their brain, called the hippocampus, that’s larger than that of a Great Tit, helping them remember where they’ve hidden their food!
  • They were only identified as a separate species from the similar Willow Tit in 1897.
  • These birds are adept at storing food, often hiding seeds for later consumption.
  • Marsh Tits have a glossy black cap that makes them look quite dapper.
  • Despite their name, they are often found in woodlands, not just marshes.

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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 Marsh Tit

Diet: Insects and seeds. If marsh tits find a good supply - perhaps at a garden feeder - they may start to hoard seeds, burying and hiding them for a rainy day. Their hippocampus - the part of their brain which specialises in remembering things - is large, bigger than a great tit's.
Bird Family: Tits
Length: 11.5cm
Wingspan: 18-19.5cm
Weight: 10-13g
Scientific Name: Poecile palustris

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

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