Marsh Tit - Poecile palustris

Description

The Marsh Tit is smart, clean looking bird with a small, well defined black bib and glossy black cap.  It is very similar to Willow Tit (Parus montanus) but the latter has a larger bib, less glossy black cap and a pale wing panel.

Similar Species

The adult Marsh Tit differs from the similar Willow Tit by the lack of a white wing panel (formed by the edges of the secondaries on Willow Tit). It also has a glossier cap, larger bib and a more "bull-necked" appearance.  The Marsh Tit also has a small white mark at the base of the upper mandible.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Found largely in deciduous woodland, also copses, parks and gardens, but it is quite scarce in urban areas. When feeding it ranges from between the upper canopy to lower undergrowth.

When to see it

All year round. As with so many woodland birds, its call is the best way of locating it.

Life History

It feeds acrobatically on insects and seeds and will hoard food if it finds a good supply.

UK Status

Occurs across England and Wales, with a few in southern Scotland. It is most abundant in South Wales and southern and eastern England.

VC55 Status

Fairly common resident breeder in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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