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Tufted Titmouse

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Poecile
Species: bicolor

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. bi  twice

Six inches long. Black forehead extending up to a conspicuous crest. Ashen-gray upper parts. Gray wings and tail. Dull white sides of head and under parts.

 
 
Tufted Titmouse, Robert Bruce Horsfall, A Year with the Birds, Alice E. Ball, 1916

 
R. Bruce Horsfall
 

A year around resident in forests and groves throughout most of the eastern U.S. from the Gulf States up to Michigan, the Great Lakes region and over to Main.

USGS Tufted Titmouse Map

Builds nests of leaves, moss, feathers, fibrous bark strips and cattle hair usually in natural or abandoned cavities in stumps and trees. They like bird houses.

 
Lays five to eight white speckled eggs

Forages for insects, nuts, berries, and seeds.

Not a shy bird; it may be approached with ease. Similar inquisitive and acrobatic habits to those of the Chickadees.

According to Neltje Blanchan, the titmouse's two noisy, tiresome notes sung for hours drove the musician Schumann nuts.

 
The Tufted Titmouse Tufted Titmouse Birdhouse (same as for Plain 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. Assembled with brass compound coated screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Hinged roof is secured with a brass hook for easy access.

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.

Nestbox Plans for Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice and Downy Woodpeckers
Tufted Titmouce
Nest Box Plans

 

 

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