Crested Tit
Scientific NameLophophanes cristatus
BreedingApril
Fledge Days20-25
Incubation Days13-16
Lifespan2 years
Number of Clutches1-2
Number of Eggs5-6
Size11.5cm
Weight10-13g
Wingspan18cm

Crested Tit Facts - Information About Crested Tit

Crested Tit - Lophophanes Cristatus


The Crested Tit is restricted in range, in the UK it only occurs in the Caledonian pine forests of Scotland. It is unusual in that it is one of only 2 or 3 songbirds that has a crest.
It is a small tit, similar in size to the Coal Tit and similar in plumage colouration to the Marsh and Willow Tit.

Identification:


Adult


  • The Crested Tit is not as well known as its cousins due to its restricted range.

  • Crested Tits are small birds 11cm, making them one of the the smallest of the British Tits, it tends not to visit bird tables.

  • Crested Tits are busy, hyperactive little birds.

  • Sexes are alike.

  • The head sports a permanent triangular crest which is a boldly patterned black and white.

  • This makes identification easy, no other British bird of this size has a crest.

  • The whole of the upperparts are pale brownish, the wing is plain and also brown.

  • The head is predominantly white with a black bib, thin black collar, thin black eyestripe that curves around and surrounds the ear coverts.

  • The white of the head is dusted with dark flecks.

  • The underparts are a soft buffy brown.

  • The bill is black, 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 Crested Tit is a very localised breeding bird, in the UK it is only found in Scotland in the mature trees of the Caledonian Forests. It is estimated to have population of around 2000 pairs.

Habitat/Food


Crested Tits only occur in all central Scottish highlands, the breed in the mature Scots Pine and Caledonian forests. They are generally sedentary and difficult to find, however, in winter they will visit remote bird tables and feeders looking for food.
They are insects eaters but will take seed mixes and peanuts from bird tables in rural locations.

Song/Call


Crested Tits call is a happy ‘ truulooloo’ often repeated, it also give a short sharp ‘sit’
The song is a mix of its calls…..’sit-sit-sit-truulooloo…sit-sit-sit-truulooloo’…………etc..

 

 

The following food is favoured by Crested Tit

All Season Insect Feast

All Season Insect Feast

6 2
Black Sunflower

Black Sunflower

11 25
Blue Tit Insect And Mealworm Mix

Blue Tit Insect And Mealworm Mix

10 21
Chopped Peanuts

Chopped Peanuts

11 7
Premium Peanuts

Premium Peanuts

24 30
Standard Fat Balls

Standard Fat Balls

47 110