Wildlife In Focus | Eurasian Blue Tit

David Coultham

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The Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) is regarded by many as one of the most attractive of the U.Ks. woodland birds. It is also one of the most fun birds to watch as they are highly acrobatic as they dart about in search of food.

The Blue Tit is one of the smaller members of the tit family. They have very pretty colorings including yellow breast, white, blue & green wings, a white face, with a bright blue cap on their heads. Some people confuse the Blue Tit with a Great Tit, but the Blue tit is significantly smaller.

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Video | Everything You Need To Know About The Eurasian Blue Tit

MANKIND’S IMPACT ON THE BLUE TIT

The Blue Tit is an adaptable bird and is thriving despite the loss of its natural habitat. Indeed it is estimated that their populations are increasing year on year.

Conservation Status

BLUE TIT DIET

They eat a range of insects, fruit seeds, and nuts. They love caterpillars, and to pluck spiders from their webs. They will regularly visit gardens in search of food.

HABITAT

Blue Tits evolved to live in deciduous woodlands. But they have adapted to live in urban, suburban, and farmland environments. It is estimated that there are over 3.6 million breeding territories in the U.K. alone, with upwards of 15 million overwintering birds; which makes them one of the most common birds in the country.

Note that this map is for a rough illustration of animal distribution across the UK, whereby light green indicates established populations.

BEHAVIOR

Blue Tits favor nesting in the cracks and holes that form in trees. They will even inhabit the old nest sites of larger birds such as woodpeckers. They generally start to build their nests in March and construct them out of moss, leaves, spider webs, and feathers. Laying up to 14 eggs in April or May, they only raise a single brood each year. The eggs hatch after about 2 weeks. Both the male and female support the raising of the chicks which take up to 3 weeks to be fully fledged.

Blue Tit Song:

Cedric Mroczko, xeno-canto.org

STATS

They are up to 12 cm in length with a wingspan of 18 cm. They weigh up to 11 grams.

BLUE TIT NATURAL PREDATORS

Sparrow-hawks and Owls are a major threat to them, as they will snatch adults as well as chicks from their nests. Eggs and chicks are also susceptible to predation by mammals.

WHERE & WHEN TO SEE

Due to its numbers, the Blue Tit is one of the easiest birds to spot, and can readily be seen in parks and gardens.

REFERENCES

Population data based on RSPB data



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