Coal Tit

Coal Tit

Periparas Ater

The European population of this bird, has been evaluated as secure by BirdLife International.

An active and agile bird that often feeds high in trees and searches their trunks for food. It hangs upside down, and also hovers, to reach food on the underside of branches and leaves. Outside the breeding season it often accompanies moving flocks of other small birds, such as Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrests.

Smaller than a Great Tit, its large head is black with white cheeks and has a white stripe on the nape.Wings, back and tail are olive-grey, and the breast is grey-brown.

Size: 11.5cm

Habitat: Woodlands, gardens and parks - prefers coniferous trees.

Nesting: In a hole in a tree or other crevice, or in a nest box

Eggs: 1-2 clutches of about 10 eggs

Food: Insects and seeds (particularly conifer seeds).

Call: Most frequent call is a triple 'tsee-tsee-tsee'

Breeding: Starts mid-April.The female makes a cup-shaped nest of roots, moss, wool, dead leaves and other soft material in a nest box or natural cavity. After incubation of 14-16 days, both adults feed the young who then leave the nest after 18-20 days.There is sometimes a second brood.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By proceeding to navigate through the shop, this will be considered as consent to the use of cookies. View Privacy Policy