Tufted Titmouse
Baeolophus bicolor
Family Paridae

The largest titmouse, the Tufted titmouse can often be seen foraging with other species. It is a common visitor of feeders in the eastern United States, and is quick to harass predators.

Identifying Traits (both sexes):

  • Small, mousey-gray
  • Tufted crest
  • Rusty orange flanks
  • Pale gray face with prominent black eye
  • Occasionally swings under branches while perching
  • Size: 14-16 cm (6")
  • Weight: 18-26 g (0.64-0.92oz)

Voice: Song a clear, whistled, “peter peter peter peter.” Call a sharp, scratchy, tsee-day-day-day

Range: The Tufted Titmouse can be found in eastern and central America.

Habitat: Thickets, brush, shade trees. Visits feeders.

Interesting Facts: The Black-crested Titmouse of Southern Texas was previously considered a separate species. Though the two show genetic and phenotypic variation, they do hyrbridize when they come in contact.

     
 
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