Coal tit perched on a branch (c) Tim Stenton

Coal tit

Coal tits are similar to great tits, but less colourful. They are found mainly in conifer woods and mixed forest, but also breed in parks and gardens that have suitable conifers. Coal tits take nuts and seeds from garden bird tables and cache them for later consumption. In winter, they join forces with other tits to form flocks that roam through woodlands and gardens in search of food. Their flight is fast and flitting and they hang upside down - or hover - to reach food on the underside of branches and leaves.

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Scientific name: Periparus ater

Rank: Species

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


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

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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