Great Tit
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Scientific NameParus major
BreedingApril
Fledge Days18-21
Incubation Days13-15
Lifespan3 years
Number of Clutches1-2
Number of Eggs7-9
Size14cm
Weight14 - 22g
Wingspan22.5 - 25.5cm

Great Tit Facts - Information About Great Tit

Great Tit - Parus Major
The Great Tit is the largest member of the Tit family in the UK. It is common and widespread, a regular and well known bird of the garden. There are six other regular Tit species in the UK including the Scottish speciality…the Crested Tit which is restricted to the Caledonian Forests of Northern Scotland.

Identification:


Adult


    The Great Tit is a well known and easily identifiable British breeding bird, sexes are very similar.

  • Tits are small birds ranging from 10cm (CoaTit) up to 15cm (Great Tit)

  • Tits are common garden birds and will visit garden feeders regularly throughout the year.

  • Adult Great Tits are striking little birds.

  • Tail and wings are a pale bluey grey, tail has white outer tail feathers and the wing shows a single white wingbar.

  • The back and mantle is a greeny grey colour.

  • The head is black, often glossy in males, with large white cheek patches.

  • The black of the head continues onto the throat and runs all the way down the centre of the breast and belly in a continuous stripe which reaches the undertail coverts.

  • Either side of this the breast is bright lemon yellow, the undertail is white.
    In females the black breast stripe is narrower and the yellow breast sides not as bright.

  • The bill is black, quite long (for a tit) and strong, legs are dark grey and sturdy, eyes black.


Juvenile


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

  • The young birds lack the strong colours of the adults and look predominantly creamy dull yellow.

  • The youngsters lack the adults black breast stripe and the large cheek patches are yellowish instead of white.

  • The head is a dull black and the upperparts, back and mantle are dull greeny brown, the wingbar is yellowish.

  • Breast and belly is dull washed out yellow.

  • Bill and eye black, legs dark.


  • Status and Distribution


    The Great Tit is a very abundant breeding resident in the UK with over 2 million pairs.

    The Great Tit occurs in all counties throughout the UK and Ireland. Great Tits are happy to nest in manmade nest boxes, these should be placed 2-4 metres up and facing North / East. This will protect overheating from direct sunlight from and the rain that predominately comes from the West.

    Habitat/Food


    Great Tits occur in all habitat types throughout the UK, woodlands, parks, gardens, farmland, hedgerows indeed any open country habitat with suitable scrub.

    In the garden Great Tits love Peanuts, Insects, Seed Mixes, Mealworms, Suet and Fat Balls , they are not to fussy and will happily take whatever is on the Bird Table.

    Song/Call


    Great Tits have a huge vocabulary of call notes; most often Chaffinch like ‘ pink pink’ and a melodic happy ‘su suti su suti ‘ . Song is a loud repeated ‘tea-char…. tea-char…. tea-char….’ second syllable lower in tone than the first.

 

 

The following food is favoured by Great Tit

All Season Insect Feast

All Season Insect Feast

6 2
All Season Mealworm Feast

All Season Mealworm Feast

6 7
Berry Suet Pellets

Berry Suet Pellets

35 90
Black Sunflower

Black Sunflower

11 23
Blue Tit Insect And Mealworm Mix

Blue Tit Insect And Mealworm Mix

10 20
Chopped Peanuts

Chopped Peanuts

10 7
Coconut Halves

Coconut Halves

19 32
Dried Mealworms

Dried Mealworms

38 78
Gourmet Blue Tit Fat Feast

Gourmet Blue Tit Fat Feast

3 20
Hi Energy No Mess Mix

Hi Energy No Mess Mix

22 35
Insect Fat Feast

Insect Fat Feast

9 37
Insect Peanut Cake

Insect Peanut Cake

5 9
Insect Suet Pellets

Insect Suet Pellets

41 132
Mealworm Fat Balls

Mealworm Fat Balls

46 139
Mealworm Peanut Cake

Mealworm Peanut Cake

8 12
Mealworm Suet Pellets

Mealworm Suet Pellets

49 170
Nutty Fat Feast

Nutty Fat Feast

2 10
Nutty Peanut Cake

Nutty Peanut Cake

5 6
Nutty Suet Pellets

Nutty Suet Pellets

10 31
Peanuts

Peanuts

134 278
Premium Peanuts

Premium Peanuts

23 30
Seed Peanut Cake

Seed Peanut Cake

1 5
Standard Fat Balls

Standard Fat Balls

46 108
Sunflower Hearts

Sunflower Hearts

85 117