Willow Tit - Poecile montanus

Description

It has a large sooty-black cap extending to the back of the neck and a small untidy black bib. It is mid-brown above, with whiter cheeks and pale buff-grey underparts. Its wings show a pale panel not found in the very similar Marsh Tit (Parus palustris) which also has a glossier black cap and a smaller black bib.

Similar Species

The adult Willow Tit is distinguished from the similar Marsh Tit by having a white wing panel formed by the edges of its secondaries. It also has a duller cap. larger bib and less "bull-necked" appearance and lacks the white mark at the base of the upper mandible.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Willow Tits are often, but by no means exclusively, found in willow thickets in damp places, such as the edge of lowland peat bogs, marshes and around gravel pits.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

Insects, seeds and berries.

UK Status

Found mainly in England and Wales, with some in southern Scotland. Its recent population decline make it a Red List species.

VC55 Status

Fairly common resident breeder

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