Long tailed tit on lichen-covered branch

Long-tailed tit

Long-tailed tits are true masters of nest-building, creating elastic nests that can actually expand to accommodate their growing chicks. They achieve this by delicately weaving spider webs into the ball of feathers, moss and lichen. A larger nest can contain up to 2000 feathers.

So named for a tail longer than its body, the tiny long-tailed tit is a delightful visitor to any garden. These highly gregarious birds are a visual treat with their black, white and pinkish plumage, red eye rings and small black beaks. They gather in excitable flocks in the winter flitting through the treetops and hedgerows and roosting huddled together along branches.

Scientific name: Aegithalos caudatus

Rank: Species

Common names:

Long-tailed bushtit

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


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


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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


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Perching birds
  6. Aegithalidae
  7. Aegithalos
  8. Long-tailed tit

BBC News about Long-tailed tit

  • British birds are bouncing back A national survey by the RSPB records a rise in the populations of small birds, including long-tailed tits, goldcrests and coal tits.

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