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Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor (Parus bicolor)


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Tufted Titmouse
credit: Ken Thomas

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Family: Paridae, Chickadees and Titmice view all from this family

Description ADULT Has mainly soft blue-gray upperparts with a peaked crest and blackish forehead. Dark eye is emphasized by otherwise pale face and underparts are mainly very pale blue-gray, with orange-buff wash on flanks and whitish undertail coverts. Bill is dark and legs are blue-gray. JUVENILE Similar, but has grayish forehead.

Dimensions Length: 6" (15 cm)

Habitat Common resident of dry, open wood habitats including deciduous woodland, mature gardens, and urban parks.

Observation Tips Easy to find. Encourage it with feeders and nest boxes.

Range Florida, New England, Great Lakes, Eastern Canada, Mid-Atlantic, Plains, Texas, Southeast

Voice Song is a disyllabic peet-oo, peet-oo÷; call is a nasal zree.

Discussion Distinctive and endearing bird that is inquisitive and often indifferent to observers. Easily recognized as a titmouse by its tufted crest and blue-gray plumage. Nests in natural tree holes, but readily uses nest boxes in wooded suburbs. Regularly visits feeders, especially during winter months. Sexes are similar.