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Conservation status: Green

Not as colourful as some of its relatives, the coal tit has a distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck. Its smaller, more slender bill than blue or great tits means it can feed more successfully in conifers. A regular visitor to most peanut feeders, they will take and store food for eating later. In winter they join with other tits to form flocks which roam through woodlands and gardens in search of food.

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Overview

Latin name

Periparus ater

Family

Tits (Paridae)

Where to see them

Woodland, especially conifer woods, parks and gardens.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Insects, seeds and nuts.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-760,000 territories--

Distribution

Key

In the UK
All UK (not N and W Isles of Scotland)

Audio

Stuart Fisher, Xeno-canto