Long-tailed Tit

Aegithalos caudatus

About

Long-tailed Tits are tiny birds of hedgerows, woodland, parks and gardens. They build a domed nest in a bush or the fork of a tree using moss, which they camouflage with cobwebs and lichen. They line the nest with feathers, using as many as 1,500 to make it soft for the eight to twelve eggs they lay. Tits are active feeders, hunting out insects and spiders amongst the smaller branches of trees in woodlands. But they are also well-adapted to gardens and towns and will visit birdtables and feeders. In winter, they will form flocks with other tits, roaming woodlands, parks and gardens, and commons and heaths with suitable bushes.

How to identify

Unmistakeable: Long-tailed Tits live up to their name with black and white tails that are bigger than their bodies. They have a black, white and pink back, a white head with a wide black eyestripe, and a pale pink belly.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

You can help to look after Long-tailed Tits and other garden birds by providing food and water for them - it doesn't matter if you have a big garden or live in a high-rise flat, there are plenty of feeders, baths and food choices out there to suit all kinds of situations. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started. To buy bird food or feeders, visit the Vine House Farm website - an award-winning wildlife-friendly farm which gives 5% of all its takings to The Wildlife Trusts.

Species information

Common name
Long-tailed Tit
Latin name
Aegithalos caudatus
Category
Birds
Tits, goldcrests and warblers
Statistics
Length: 14cm Wingspan: 18cm Weight: 9g Average Lifespan: 2 years
Conservation status
Common.