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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Camouflaged Titmouse Fits Right In

The Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor is an attractive bird with big black eyes. Its feathers are gray above, white below, with red/brown side flanks. This makes perfect camouflage. The adults also have a black area above the bill that the juveniles lack.

Breeding pairs like to remain close together year round, even when they join small multi species flocks for winter survival. They do not migrate.

In the spring when nesting season begins, place bunches of pet hair or your own hair from brushes inside a suet cage. If you’re fortunate enough to have titmice in the area, they would love to incorporate your offerings into the lining of their nest. They've even been known to help themselves to horse hair and dog hair while it’s still attached to the animal.


Joy K said...

They'll help themselves to still-attached human hair, also. I recall thinking how sweet and cute it was that the titmouse was bouncing around on my head last April--then it ripped a few hairs out by the roots and took off!

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

Just think, baby birds grew up with your hair as their snuggy. I love your story! Thank you for sharing. Everyone beware of titmice playing in your hair.

Anonymous said...

Same thing happend to me last spring several times. I had this Titmouse bird that would not leave me alone. If I went out on the deck the bird was there. He would stay in my head for as long as I would let him. Amazing! I actually have pics and videos.

Anonymous said...

I have a pair, of what I believe is the titmouse,they take the dog hair my blue-healers shed and steal their dog food out of the feeder, I Love watching them and now I have more info on them Thanks!