Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff

Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff

A few days ago, I had my first encounter with a lovely and cute little bird, and after doing some research, I’ll tell you something about this “puff”.

The long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) is a passerine bird of the Aegithalidae family with tiny dimensions: it measures, in fact, 13-16 cm in length, of which 6-10 belong to the tail (in fact, caudatus in Latin means “tailed”); its weight varies from 6 to 10 grams.

As you can see from the pictures, it’s a plump little bird with a large rounded head; the beak is short, the eye is black peppercorn-like with an orange-yellow upper “eyelid”; the wings are short but pointed, and the tail is almost as long as the body.

The long-tailed tit is found in deciduous and mixed forests, where it is often seen moving nimbly in small family groups that can include from 6 to 30 individuals, made up of parents and young from the previous breeding season, together with the adults who helped raise the brood.

They are highly territorial, they defend the territory from the other groups and constantly keep in vocal contact: their call is a high and trisyllabic sibilant “srih-srih-srih”, which becomes louder and faster when a specimen is isolated or to travel open stretches of land.

Between February and March, the group divides and forms pairs to try to reproduce: often, the males remain in the winter territory while the females migrate to the surrounding territories.

But, apart from all this information that I have found, and others that I am not here to list, two curiosities in particular struck me:

👉🏻 The long-tailed tit builds a well-united nest covered with four different materials: the lichens outside, up to 5,000 pieces, are used for camouflage; the cobwebs and moss give stability to the nest and make the structure adhere to the branches; and the feathers, up to 2000, serve to protect and safeguard the eggs.

👉🏻 During cold winter nights, members of the pack huddle together to keep warm.

Can you imagine the tenderness of all these puffs close together to keep warm?

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  • Il codibugnolo: un simpaticissimo batuffolo / Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff
  • Il codibugnolo: un simpaticissimo batuffolo / Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff
  • Il codibugnolo: un simpaticissimo batuffolo / Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff
  • Il codibugnolo: un simpaticissimo batuffolo / Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff
  • Il codibugnolo: un simpaticissimo batuffolo / Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff
  • Il codibugnolo: un simpaticissimo batuffolo / Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff
  • Il codibugnolo: un simpaticissimo batuffolo / Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff
  • Il codibugnolo: un simpaticissimo batuffolo / Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff
  • Il codibugnolo: un simpaticissimo batuffolo / Long-tailed tit: a lovable puff

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