Long-Tailed Tit

Aegithalos caudatus

Known for its 'lollipop' like appearance when in flight, without its tail it would only measure about 8cm.
Key Information

About the Long-tailed Tit

Normally found in smaller numbers, long-tailed tits prefer to spend their time in smaller, more excitable flocks of birds. They are masters of nest building among UK birds, creating beautiful and intricate nests complete with a feather interior where up to 2,000 feathers can be used.

Identifying features:

Their distinctively long tail comprises over half their length, making it the most recognisable feature on the bird. Along with their long tail, that has contributed to their nickname ‘the lollipop’, they have a unique plumage that is typically more fluffy in appearance in comparison to the feathers on other UK garden birds.

Measurements:

Length: 14cm
Wingspan: 16-19cm
Weight: 7-10g

What they eat:

In the garden they will feed on peanuts, seed mixes, mealworms, suet and fat balls.

 

Where and when to see them

Long-tailed tits can be found in woodlands, parks, gardens, farmland, hedgerows indeed any open country habitat with suitable shrubbery.

Bird Calls

Their song is a very quiet twitter with sharp thin ‘zee zee zee’ followed by a strange squelch that can be likened to a raspberry sound!