A great tit in flight (c) Jerry Nicholls

Great tit

Great tits are colourful both in their plumage and their song. If the white cheek patches, yellow breast and black bib aren't enough for identification, the ringing 'tee-cher' or sharp 'tink tink' will be. Nests are made anywhere there is a hole, usually in a tree or box, but pipes and letter boxes have also been used.

This largest of the British tits is a common woodland bird and a favourite visitor to gardens and parks throughout most of Europe and Asia. In winter, great tits flock together with other tits to roam the countryside looking for food.

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Scientific name: Parus major

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Great tit taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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


The following habitats are found across the Great 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

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


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