Long-tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus, collecting insects from hawthorn bush in Durham

Long-tailed tits

Long-tailed tits are related to several species in Asia, but are the only member of the family found in the UK and Europe. They have small-bodies and long-tails, 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.

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