The gentle Long-tailed Tit makes a beautiful contrast to the meager, firm branches.

Long-tailed Tit

The Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus, is a very small passerine bird. It breeds in most of Europe and Asia. It is usually a non-migratory species, although there have been several extralimital records, and migration has been observed in north-eastern Europe.

The Long-tailed Tit is a very small bird at only 13–15 cm in length including its very long tail, which makes up 7–9 cm of the total.

Long-tailed Tits are found in deciduous woodlands with significant undergrowth. This is a restless species, constantly on the move as it searches for insects and other small food items. During the autumn and winter, it is usually found in flocks of up to thirty individuals; it has been described as an avian sheep. During the breeding season (late February to July), Long-tailed Tits form monogamous pairs, and raise a single brood of six to twelve eggs in a woven closed nest, often concealed within a tree or shrub. The nest is held together with spider webs, camouflaged with lichen and lined with feathers. Adult male birds will often choose to assist their parents or brothers in raising offspring if their own nest is predated.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-tailed_Tit - 02.10.2010

Long-tailed Tit

Seven to ten grams of weight,
a totally cute look,

and yet this little animal is able to do what we humans can not do:
to live unprotected in free nature.

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