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Conservation status: Green

The largest UK tit - green and yellow with a striking glossy black head with white cheeks and a distinctive two-syllable song. It is a woodland bird which has readily adapted to man-made habitats to become a familiar garden visitor. It can be quite aggressive at a birdtable, fighting off smaller tits. In winter it joins with blue tits and others to form roaming flocks which scour gardens and countryside for food.

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Parus major

Family

Tits (Paridae)

Where to see them

Woodlands, parks and gardens across the UK. Absent only from the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Insects, seeds and nuts.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-2,500,000 territories--

Distribution

Key

Audio

Stein O Nilsen, Xeno-canto

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