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Great Tit

Description


The Great Tit is the largest of the UK Tit family. The black stripe on the belly of a male Great Tit is an indicator of its status; larger stripes are more attractive to females  and the female has a much narrower stripe. It is a woodland bird which has readily adapted to man-made habitats to become a familiar garden visitor. It can be quite aggressive at the bird table.
In winter they often flock together with other Tits flying through woodlands and gardens in search of food. Great Tits are cavity nesters, breeding in a hole that is usually inside a tree, although occasionally in a wall, or  rock face, and they will readily take to nest boxes.  Generally they stay resident in Britain, but in some autumns British numbers swell with an influx from northern areas.


 

Quick Facts


Length
14 cm Wingspan 24 cm Weight 18 g

Status in UK
Resident Breeder, Winter Visitor

Number in Britain
4 million

Habitat
Forest, woodland, towns, mangrove

Diet
Invertebrates mainly, butterflies, beetles, and spiders, seeds and fruit

First Record
8th Century

Incubation
13 - 15 days

Maximum Recorded Age
13 years, 11 months

Egg Size
18 x 14 mm Egg Weight 1.7 g ~ Clutch Size 7 - 9 eggs

Fledging
18 - 21 days

First Clutches Laid
26 Apr (10 Apr - 17 May)

Conservation Status in UK
GREEN

Age at First Breeding
1 year

Number of Broods
1-2

Typical Lifespan
3 years

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