Crested tit perched on a tree trunk (c) Nichola Knight

Crested tit

Crested tits are not as colourful as other tits, but have their identifying crests and black and white striped faces. They are characteristic birds of pinewoods and, as a pine plantation grows, so does its crested tit population.

Crested tits cache moth larvae during the autumn, to help when food is scarce in the winter. In spring, they store pine seeds for later consumption. The Scottish crested tits are geographically isolated from those on mainland Europe and are now considered to be a sub-species.

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Scientific name: Lophophanes cristatus

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


The following habitats are found across the Crested 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

BBC News about Crested tit

  • Concerns raised for crested tits Woodland near Aviemore earmarked for housing provides habitat for a bird experiencing breeding problems, a conservation group has claimed.

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