Great tit and blue tit on either side of a branch

Tits and chickadees

Tits and chickadees are some of the most vocal birds. In fact they are hardly ever quiet. They produce a wide variety of calls and songs for socialising and warning of potential danger. Tits are usually welcome visitors to gardens and parks, though some of the more adaptable and intelligent species have learned to break into milk bottles to steal the cream. There are around 60 species in this family of colourful woodland birds, widespread across Europe, Asia, Africa and north America.

Scientific name: Paridae

Rank: Family


Map showing the distribution of the Tits and chickadees taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web