Coal Tit - Periparus ater

    Description

    Not as colourful as some of its relatives, the Coal Tit has a distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Parks and gardens and woodland, especially conifer woods, where its bill, which is smaller and more slender than those of Blue Tits or Great Tits, means it can feed more successfully in conifers. It is also a regular visitor to most peanut feeders.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    They will take and store food for eating later. In winter they join with other tits to form flocks which roam through woodlands and gardens in search of food.

    UK Status

    Common resident in most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common resident in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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