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Bird Bio - Tufted Titmouse

Common Name:

Tufted Titmouse

Scientific Name:

Parus bicolor

Description:

The Tufted Titmouse is a small gray bird, 5 to 6-1/2", with a prominent crest. The forehead can be black or whitish, while the flanks are usually buff.

Lifecycle:

Titmice are secondary cavity nesters, and use grass, moss, leaves, and hair for the nest. The female will lay 4-8 eggs, which are white in appearance with fine frown dots. Incubation takes 12-14 days, and fledglings are ready to leave the nest 15-18 days after they are hatched. Tufted titmice raise 1-2 broods per season.

Habitat/Food:

The Tufted Titmouse resides in woodlands among shade trees or in groves. They can often be seen in city parks, as well as, in shrubs. Tufted Titmice can be found year-round in eastern North America and parts of Texas, and have no known predators.

Tufted Titmice's diet is primarily insects (82-91% in Summer, 22% in Winter), as well as seeds, nuts and berries. They will visit backyard feeder, and will eat fruit, seed and suet.

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