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Reddish Vale Country Park

The long- tailed tit is easily recognisable with it's distinctive colouring, a tail longer than it's body, and undulating flight.

 

The long- tailed tit is easily recognisable with it's distinctive colouring, a tail longer than it's body, and undulating flight. Gregarious and noisy residents, long-tailed tits are most usually noticed in small, excitable flocks of about 20 birds. Although not actually members of the tit family (members of the Aegithalidae family) they act like most tits, roving woods and hedgerows, but are also seen on heaths and commons with suitable bushes. Found across the UK except for the far north and west of Scotland.

 

The long-tailed tit's nest is an elastic ball of moss, spiders webs, lichen, feathers and hair that is built by both birds in a bush, hedge or tree; brambles and gorse are favourite places. The nest may take up to three weeks to build and be lined with more than 2000 feathers.

 

In harsh winters, mortality rates can be high among these small birds, but they usually recover quickly.

Long Tailed Tit

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Length, 15cm,

Wing span, 17-19cm

Weight, 7-9g

Lifespan up to 8yrs,

Diet, insects, occasionally seeds in autumn and winter.

Breeding pairs, 210,000.

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Long Tailed Tit