Coal Tit

Periparus ater

A forgetful little garden bird that will smartly make stocks of food, but will forget where those stocks are and have to start foraging again!
Key Information

About the Coal Tit 

Coal tits are a remarkable little bird to watch if you get the chance. Known for hoarding food when it is readily available, they will make stocks of food to come back to. But unfortunately for them, they don’t have a sharp memory and can often forget where they have stocked their food source, so you might find some sunflower seeds germinating in surprising places as a result of the coal tit leaving them there!

Identifying features:

Their white cheeks, black bib, and bluish-gray legs make them a beautiful sight to behold in a public garden or even your own garden.

Measurements:

Length: 11.5cm
Wingspan: 17-21cm
Weight: 8-10g

What they eat:

Coal tits love insects, sunflower seeds, seed mixes, mealworms, suet and fat balls. In short, they are not too fussy and will happily take whatever is on the bird table!

 

Where and when to see them

Coal tits prefer conifers, pines and spruce but they can also be found in woodlands, parks, gardens, farmland and hedgerows.

Bird Calls

The coal tit’s song is a loud repeated trill, similar to great tits.