Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris)

Marsh Tit

The Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae and genus Poecile, closely related to the Willow, Père David's and Songar Tits. It is small (around 12 cm long and weighing 12 g) with a black crown and nape, pale cheeks, brown back and greyish-brown wings and tail. Between 8 and 11 subspecies are recognised. This bird's close resemblance to the Willow Tit can cause identification problems, especially in the United Kingdom where the local subspecies of the two are very similar.

Globally, the Marsh Tit is classified as Least Concern, although there is evid. It can be found throughout temperate Europe and northern Asia and, despite its name, it occurs in a range of habitats including dry woodland. The Marsh Tit is omnivorous; its food includes caterpillars, spiders and seeds. It nests in tree holes, choosing existing hollows to enlarge, rather than excavating its own. A clutch of 5-9 eggs is laid.

In mixed winter tit flocks, seldom more than one or two Marsh Tits are present, and parties of this species alone are infrequent.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsh_Tit - 09.10.2010

Marsh Tit

Already in summer the Marsh Tit begins with collecting reserves under tree barks or similar places for times of need.

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