Blue Tit

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Common Name: Blue Tit

Scientific Name: Cyanistes caeruleus

Size: 4 ½ to 5 inches (12cm)

Habitat: Eurasia and Africa; Found in Europe, Near East, Northwest Africa. Lives in woodland and scrub areas and in urban settings.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 10,000,000 Mature individuals. Throughout Europe, the populations have been increasing since 1980.

Diet: Insect and spiders, also fruit and seeds in winter

Breeding: Eight to ten eggs in hole in a tree and nest box. Pairs will return to the same nesting area year after year.

Cool Facts: The Blue Tit is considered a valuable destroyer of pests, although it has not an entirely a beneficial species. It is fond of young buds of various trees, and may pull them to bits in the hope of finding insects, thus destroying the flower and fruit of the tree. But no species in Europe destroys more coccids and aphids, leaf miner grubs and green tortrix moths.

“An interesting example of culturally transmitted learning in birds was the phenomenon dating from the 1960s of Blue Tits teaching one another how to open traditional British milk bottles with foil tops to get at the cream underneath. This behaviour has declined recently because of the trend toward buying low-fat (skimmed) milk, and the replacement of doorstep delivery by supermarket purchases of milk.” (Wikipedia)

Blue Tits, Great Tits and Crested Tits often form mixed winter flocks.

Found in Songbird ReMix European Edition 1

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