Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

The Sound of a Blue Tit

Blue Tit Facts

  • Scientific name: Cyanistes caeruleus

  • Family: Paridae (Tits and chickadees)

  • Wingspan: 17.5 - 20cm

  • Diet: Mainly seeds and nuts

  • Feed with: Sunflower hearts, sunflower seeds and peanuts

  • Habitat: In most places, but prefers lots of tree coverage

  • Lifespan: 3 Years

  • Blue Tit Characteristics

    The blue tit is a stunning colourful little bird and one of the most recognisable garden visitors throughout the British isles. With a black bill and dark grey legs, the common European blue tit has a black streak down the middle of the belly, bright blue wings, yellow breast and black eye stripe.

    FACT: there are up to 3,600,000 breeding pairs of blue tit annually within Europe, making it one of the most common birds in the area.

    Conservation Status of the Blue Tit

    The blue tit is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List



    The Blackbird is classified as Least Concern

    Blue Tit Territoriality

    European blue tits are widespread across Europe and can be found in countries whose environment is either temperate or Mediterranean in nature. Species span from Russia and the Baltic to Ireland in the United Kingdom. The vast majority of the European Union includes blue tits.

    Blue Tit Audio

    Blue Tit Breeding & Nesting

    Blue tits are fond of nesting in almost any hole, be it a tree, a nest box or 'hole in the wall'. Blue tit nests can be made from a range of materials, primarily moss, wool and dead leaves

    Females of the species are responsible for nest building as well as incubating the clutch of eggs. Clutches typically consist of between 10 and 12 eggs, and these are laid specifically at a time of the year when green caterpillars are abundant, providing nutritious sustenance early on. Both parents are involved in feeding the young birds.

    Blue tits begin breeding in March and April, and it's possible to see the young around 15-23 days later.

    Other sources for Blue Tit Information

    European blue tits are widespread across Europe and can be found in countries whose environment is either temperate or Mediterranean in nature. Species span from Russia and the Baltic to Ireland in the United Kingdom. The vast majority of the European Union includes blue tits.

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