Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
titmice are 15 to 17 cm long and have wingspans of 23 to 28 cm. Both
males and females have white undersides, gray backs, rusty-brown sides,
pointed crests on their heads, and large dark eyes.
titmice are active birds often seen flitting about in trees and hanging
upside down while searching beneath twigs for insects. They are active
during the daytime and do not migrate extensively, remaining in
residence throughout the winter. They are fairly confident birds and can
be trained to come at the sound of human voices and take food from
their hands, though not as easily as their cousins, the black-capped
chickadees. Tufted titmice store food under bark or under objects on the
ground. Males are dominant over females and they form pairs that
persist until the death of one of the mates. Pairs separate from winter
flocks in preparation for mating by February.
insects, spiders, snails, various berries, acorns, seeds and suet. Forages
in trees, sometimes upside down, often in mixed species flocks like
chickadees. Most Tufted Titmice live their entire life within a few
miles of their birthplace. They only occur in areas where rainfall is
greater than 24 inches per year, and are more common where rainfall
exceeds 32 inches per year. The Tufted Titmouse is very appealing
visitor to the feeder. A group of titmice are collectively known as a
"banditry" and a "dissimulation" of titmice.