Marsh Tit
Scientific NamePoecile palustris
Breedingmid-April
Fledge Days18-21
Incubation Days14-16
Lifespan2 years
Number of Clutches1-2
Number of Eggs7-9
Size11-12cm
Weight12g
Wingspan19cm

Marsh Tit Facts - Information About Marsh Tit

Marsh Tit - Poecile Palustris


The Marsh Tit like Willow Tit is a declining species, prefers old damp deciduous woodland with rotting vegetation, this soft wood makes hole excavation much easier. Not found in Scotland or Ireland, not to many in the North of England, the further south you go the more frequent it becomes. It will quite happily use garden feeders during the winter months.

Identification:



Adult


  • The Marsh Tit is almost identical to its cousin the Willow Tit, the easiest way to separate them is by voice.

  • Plumage is similar and this is what to look for when faced with separating potential Willow Tit / MarshTits.

  • Sexes Alike.

  • General plumage - both Marsh and Willow Tits are black capped, white cheeked, black bibbed tits.

  • They both share the same colouring, upperparts a soft grey brown, underparts a creamy buff.

  • Legs, bill and eye black.


Differences between the Marsh Tit and Willow Tit:


  1. Cap on Marsh is short and glossy, it is matt on Willow.

  2. The bib is shorter and neater than on Willow.

  3. The white cheeks are dull and less extensive than Willow's.

  4. It appears sleek and in proportion compared to Willows bull headed appearance.

  5. Marsh Tit does not show a pale wing panel, Willow Tit does.

  6. Marsh flanks and undertail are dirty cream whereas Willows is distinctly buffy.

  7. The bill is black, short and fragile looking, legs are dark grey, eye black.


Juvenile



  • Juveniles appear from the end of April onwards and look like a washed out adult.

  • Bill and eye black, legs dark.


    • Status and Distribution


      The Marsh Tit is a declining breeding resident in the UK with about 53 thousand pairs, it is therefore 6 times commoner than Willow Tit. The Marsh Tit occurs in all counties throughout the England and Wales, it does not occur in Scotland or Ireland.

      Habitat/Food


      Marsh Tits occur in many habitat types throughout their range, however they specialise in damp deciduous woodland with suitable low wet scrub.

      Marsh Tits will use Feeders and Bird Tables in the winter months, they will often bury food to dig out at a later date. They are Insect eaters but will take Seed Mixes and Peanuts in winter.

      Song/Call


      The key to a definite separation lies in the call….both Willow and Marsh call totally differently. Once you hear the call separation is easy.
      Marsh Tit is an explosive…’bitchay’ the second syllable louder…sounds like a sneeze.
      Song is a repeated single note..’chep chep chep’ also matwo note ‘di-chep de-chep de-chep’
      Willow Tit… 2 parts to the call, the first is a short ‘zee zee’ followed by ‘dar dar dar’ so it goes ‘zee zee… dar..dar..dar’.

 

 

The following food is favoured by Marsh Tit

All Season Mealworm Feast

All Season Mealworm Feast

6 7
Blue Tit Insect And Mealworm Mix

Blue Tit Insect And Mealworm Mix

8 19
Chopped Peanuts

Chopped Peanuts

10 7
Dried Mealworms

Dried Mealworms

37 73
Peanuts

Peanuts

127 266
Premium Peanuts

Premium Peanuts

22 27
Standard Fat Balls

Standard Fat Balls

44 101
Wild Bird Original

Wild Bird Original

70 130