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Coal Tit (Periparus ater)

Willow Tit (Poecile montanus)

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Length (cm):
11-11
11-11
Wingspan (cm):
17-21
17-20
Weight (gram):
8-10
8-14
Size group:
Warbler-size
Warbler-size
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Appearance:

Appearance like a small Great Tit in black and white. Back led-grey (olive in British sub sp.), underparts off-white. Diagnostic elongated, white neck-patch and big triangular bib. Double wing-bars, small head and short tail.

Sound:

Song: Various repeated motifs, consisting of two to three notes with alternating accents. Slightly similar to Great Tit, but faster, not so metallic and with a less full tone. Can be mistaken for Marsh Tit when singing single or double notes, but tone is softer and notes more clearly separated (if disyllabic). Call: short soft and clear "piu", first rapidly rising and then falling in pitch.

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Appearance:

Very similar to Marsh Tit, but cheeks whiter, head bigger, and upperparts greyer with white wing-panel. Black bib wider and bigger than in Marsh Tit. Lacks white spot at base of upper mandible. Willow Tits in Great Britain are warmer brown and are more difficult to separate from Marsh Tit.

Sound:

Call: Most characteristic call a frequently uttered, nasal "ti ti chaa chaa chaa". First notes high pitched and the following lower, coarse, nasal and drawn. Sometimes uttered without the introductory high pitched notes. Song: One or two soft, clear, melancholic notes repeated in a slow, even rhythm. At first rising slightly in pitch, then gradually falling. In some areas song is evenly pitched. Other sounds: high pitced "zi zi" similar to other tits.

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Distribution:

Wikipedia: map (se also Xeno-canto below)

Ecology:

Birdlife ecology

Links:

Observation.org Latest observations

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Sound search at Xeno-canto

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