Long-tailed Tits

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Long-tailed tits, Aegithalos caudatus, are common throughout Europe and Asia. They love to flit amongst hedgerows and dense shrubbery. Photo of long-tailed tit

I find them very difficult to photograph. They are heard more than they are seen and then it is usually just a glimpse of their long tails disappearing. So despite the poor quality of my photographs, I’m just pleased they exist at all!Photo of long-tailed tit

They mostly eat insects, but will eat seeds during the winter. They form large flocks during the winter, but during the breeding season they tend to pair off. They are becoming more common in gardens where they make good use of feeders.Photo of long-tailed tit

They make wonderful elastic nests made of lichen, moss, spider silk and feathers.

Photo of long-tailed tit in nest By Alan Shearman [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons Despite their name they are no longer considered to be true tits, but a separate family. The name derives from 14th century…

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