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Marsh Tit

By ianrobinson  
This is a small, mainly brown bird, with a shiny black cap, dark 'bib' and pale belly. In the UK its identification is made tricky by the very similar appearance of our race of willow tit. They're so hard to identify that ornithologists didn't realise there were two species until 1897!
Overview
Latin name
Poecile palustris

Family
Tits (Paridae)

Where to see them
Despite their name, marsh tits are most often found in broadleaf woodland, and also copses, parks and gardens. They occur across England and Wales, with a few in southern Scotland but are most abundant in south Wales and southern and eastern England.

When to see them
At any time of year

What they eat
Insects and seeds. If marsh tits find a good supply perhaps at a garden feeder they may start to hoard seeds, burying and hiding them for a rainy day. Their hippocampus the part of their brain which specialises in remembering things is large, bigger than a great tit's.

Tags: Birds Marsh tit Wildlife and nature

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Comments


paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 12:14AM
Great spot and well timed.
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DavePrince 11 7 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 12:23AM
Great image
Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
18 Mar 2013 12:58AM
A superb capture, Ian.
Colin
Ayoob 5 Australia
18 Mar 2013 3:25AM
Well timing and fantastic capture..........GrinGrinGrin
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
18 Mar 2013 6:01AM
A lovely photo of this tiny beauty Smile
18 Mar 2013 7:42AM
Stunning detail Ian, great timing Grin
ColleenA Plus
4 322 4 Australia
18 Mar 2013 7:43AM
A superb capture and wonderful informationGrinGrin
18 Mar 2013 9:32AM
Great image. Well captured.
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
18 Mar 2013 10:32AM
Store it? or eat it? Great detail in this fine image. I like it a lot!!
18 Mar 2013 12:55PM
Wonderful image and interesting writing !
George
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 4:03PM
A beauty of an image,

Ali
Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
18 Mar 2013 6:15PM
A superb capture, Ian.
As you know I have spent most of the winter snapping these and willows
and I know just how hard it is to get a really good crisp close up.
What I really like about this is that it shows their rather greedy behaviour.
Well done mateWink
Colin
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 6:54PM
A lovely shiny cap and a good eye tooSmile

They are a very pretty bird IMHO

Adrian
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 7:15PM
A lovely capture of one of my fav. garden visitors.
Ju
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 8:38PM
Beautiful Ian,
David
ianrobinson 7 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 8:44PM
Thank you all for your lovely comments and votes.
Thank you very much Colin for your UA very nice surprise.

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