The Wet Woodland Bird Survey
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
||A small tit with its tail longer than its body. The adult has a white
crown with a bold black stripe over the eye extending to a black back. It has a tiny black
bill and wings which are black and white with a broad pink band across the upper edge. The
tail is black with white outer feathers, the underparts white with pink. Juveniles
lack pink and have sooty black heads.
||Continuous zee-zee-zee contact call among flocks.
||Heaths, woods, gardens and hedges.
||Insects and seeds.
||8-12 eggs in a domed nest in a bush. Incubation takes 12-14 days and
fledging takes 14-18 days.
1-2 broods per year; March-April
|Location in Wet Woodland
||Fairly widespread. It was seen in the stony area, scrubby area, wet area
and oak area. Most of these areas contain alders which they seem to prefer. It
was mainly seen feeding in flocks with other small birds in the tree canopy and it was
heard calling constantly.