Bookmark and Share

bird Willow Tits

Identify It >   Bird Section >   Willow Tits >

Scientific name:  Poecile montanus

Size:  Up to 13cm

Distribution:  Found in most parts of England, Wales and the south of Scotland

Months seen:  All year round

Habitat:  Prefers damp wooded areas, wet scrubland and gardens

Food:  Invertebrates and seed.  Will visit garden feeding stations in winter

Special features:  Willow Tits have a matt black coloured cap which extends all the way down to the bottom of the nape.  They have a wide black bib, white cheeks, grey-white plumage below and grey-brown plumage above.  The edges of the wing feathers have pale cream coloured edges.  The beak and legs are grey-black

Willow Tits are almost identical to Marsh Tits and the most reliable way to tell the two species apart is by their call.  Willow Tits produce a nasal sounding "chay-chay-chay" call.

Related Pages

free newsletter