Great Tit

Parus major

One of the UK's most intelligent birds, the Great Tit has proven itself to solve problems with insight instead of trial and error like its wild bird counterparts.
Key Information

About the Great Tit

A naturally intelligent bird, the great tit has been found to have an acute awareness of how to overcome any obstacle, and has even been found to use conifer needles to extract larvae from  tree bark! They are known to be a cavity nester, favouring smaller spots like tree holes, and more domestically, they can be found in letterboxes and street lamps.

Identifying features:

The great tit is similar to the blue tit in appearance. It boasts a noticeable black crown with a prominent black stripe down the throat and neck. With a yellow breast, olive-green tinged wings, and blue-ish tail, it’s a beauty to spot!

Measurements:

Length: 14cm
Wingspan: 24cm
Weight: 18g

What they eat:

Fond of peanuts and sunflower hearts but will eat most bird food mixes.

 

Where and when to see them

Great tits are commonly found in parks and gardens and almost any areas with similar vegetation.

Bird Calls

Great Tits have an easily recognisable song, its repeated and rhythmic nature earning the old name ‘saw-sharpener’.