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Related to several species in Asia, but only one in the UK and Europe; long-tailed tits are small-bodied, long-tailed birds with short legs and tiny, triangular bills.
They move through foliage and hang upside down to feed like the smaller tits, but have a complex social system and are almost always seen in small parties, often moving line astern from tree to tree. They make enclosed, elastic nests of cobwebs, lichen and feathers.
The long-tailed tit is easily recognisable with its distinctive colouring, a tail that is bigger than its body, and undulating flight. Gregarious and noisy residents, long-tailed tits are most usually... More...