Blue tit on a branch (c) Leonard Davis

Blue tit

Blue tits are bright, inquisitive little birds that have been shown to use aromatic leaves from lavender, mint and curry plants to disinfect their nests. They are also infamous for following milkmen to take sneaky sips from milk bottles by tearing through the foil tops. Cosmopolitan foragers, blue tits are found throughout Britain and as far east as Iran.

Their colourful plumage makes them a cheerful sight on garden feeders, although during spring and summer they mostly feed on invertebrates. The yellowness of a male blue tit's breast is an indication of the number of yellowy-green caterpillars he has eaten, and a brighter breast is more attractive to females.

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Scientific name: Cyanistes caeruleus

Rank: Species

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Distribution

The Blue tit can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Blue tit distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Behaviours

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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