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
Iolo Williams studies the art of long-tailed tit nest building.
Iolo Williams watches the construction of a long-tailed tit nest in woods near Newtown.
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
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1