Blue Tit

Latin Name: Parus caeruleus.

Description: Blue tits are smallish birds which have a yellow chest and a green back. Their wings are blue and white and they have a blue tail. Their faces are white with dark blue markings and a light blue crown. 

Habitat: In woodlands, scrub, farmland, marshes, hedgerows and gardens.

Food: Insects are the main source of food and the chicks are fed caterpillars but they also eat seeds and nuts.

Distribution: The blue tit is commonly found in Great Britain.

Nesting: Nests are made in tree holes or nest boxes. The nest is made from feathers, moss, leaves, grass, wool and hair.

Blue Tit Eggs In Nest

Eggs: They lay 7-14 white coloured eggs with spots on them in April – May. The female incubates the eggs for 13-15 days.

Did You Know?

  • Blue tits are rarely seen on the ground.
  • They are very acrobatic birds.
  • Blue tit chicks leave their nest after 15-21 days of hatching.
  • The call of the blue tit can be varied with buzzing sounds to a loud cry.
  • The song of a blue tit is very trill and musical.

We have a nest box in our garden and every year blue tits hatch out in it. Last year I was lucky enough to witness the youngsters leaving the nest. It was an amazing sight. A blink of the eye and I could have missed it so there was no opportunity to grab the camera!

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