Home PageBirds of Devon and Cornwall Long-tailed Tit  

Latin name - Aegithalos caudatus

The reason for its common name is immediately obvious, its black and white tail is very long being bigger than its body. In fact it has the longest tail of any British bird in proportion to its body. The body is fluffy and pinkish, the head has a white crown, black marks above the eyes running into the nape. The eyes have red rings and the bill is small and black. Young birds lack the pink colouration and have greyish-black cheeks. Long-tailed Tits are usually seen in small flocks of 20 or so individuals. They can be seen hunting for their diet of insects through woods and hedgerows. Increasing they can be found feeding in gardens making use of peanut and suet feeders.

Long-tailed Tit