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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