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Conservation status: Amber

Although not as colourful as some other tits, its 'bridled' face pattern and the upstanding black and white crest make this a most distinctive species. Crested tits feed actively, clinging to trunks and hanging from branches, like most tits, searching for a wide range of invertebrates and pine seeds. They store food extensively during early winter, using it in late winter.

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Overview

Latin name

Lophophanes cristatus

Family

Tits (Paridae)

Where to see them

It is largely confined to ancient Caledonian pine forests and Scots pine plantations. It spends its time foraging on the trunk and large branches of pine trees and after the breeding season will join other tit species in roving flocks. Will visit garden birdtables and feeders.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Insects and seeds.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-1,000-2,000 pairs5,200-9,500 birds-

Distribution

Key

In the UK
Scotland

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