Oak Titmouse

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Common Name: Oak Titmouse

Scientific Name: Baeolophus inornatus

Size: 5.75 inches (13.5 cm)

Habitat: North America; Endemic to California and found only in warm oak woodlands between 1,000 to 2,000’ elevation.

Status: Vulnerable. Global Population: 900,000 Mature individuals. Remaining oak woodlands in California are under continual threat of development.

Diet: Seed and some small insects. They will wedge seeds in bark and hammer at them to open them.

Breeding: Three to nine eggs are laid in a tree hole or nest box. The nest is generally lined with mosses, feathers and grasses. Oak Titmice mate for life, and pairs defend year-round territories. Most titmice find a mate in their first fall. Those that do not are excluded from territories and must live in marginal habitat until they find a vacancy.

Cool Facts: Titmice are acrobatic and often hang upside down. Unlike other titmice, the Oak Titmouse does not form flocks in winter.

Oak Titmice sleep in dense foliage or tree cavities.

The Oak Titmouse and the Juniper Titmouse were originally called the Plain Titmouse until it was decided that they were actually two separate subspecies.

Found in Songbird Remix Cool and Unusual Birds

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