Plain Titmouse

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Baeolophus
Species: inornatus

La. passer  sparrow, small bird
La. forma  form, kind, species
La. parum  too little
La. parus  titmouse, tomtit
Gr. baios  short, small
Gr. lophos  crest
La. in  negation
La. orno  ornament
La. ornatus  adorned

About five inches or a little longer.
Gray forehead extending up to a conspicuous crest. Dark gray back, wings and tail. Dull white under parts.

Plain Titmouse, Bruce Horsfall

Bruce Horsfall  

Year around resident of mixed forests and wooded towns in California, Oregon, and Nevada

USGS Plain Titmouse Map

Builds nests of fine grasses, feathers, hair, fur and moss in natural or abandoned cavities, often in oak trees and in out building nooks and crannies or bird houses from near to the ground to thirty feet high.

Lays usually five to eight white sometimes speckled eggs which hatch after about two weeks of incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Like the rest of the Paradae family, they forage trees and thickets in flocks for insects, seeds, nuts and fruit.

Early ornithologists who used to remove parents from nests for research discovered their fierce resistance even returning to the nest while the researchers were inspecting the nests.

The Plain Titmouse Plain Titmouse Birdhouse (same as for Tufted Titmouse, Nuthatches, Downy Woodpecker and Chickadees) has a 4" by 4" floor, 9" inside ceiling, 1 1/4" diameter entrance hole located 7" above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Hinged roof is secured with shutter hooks for easy access.

Nestbox Plans for Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice and Downy Woodpeckers
Plain Titmouce
Nest Box Plans
Mount nest box on a tree trunk from chest level to just out of reach, higher only if necessary. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

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