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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Photo Share: Winter Tufted Titmouse

Fun Facts About Tufted Titmice

Though the large, dark, fluid black eyes of titmice seem to be their defining characteristic, these birds exhibit a number of behaviors that make them unique.
  • Tufted Titmice have an alarm call that seems to fade off into the distance, giving the impression that the bird is moving from one place to another. Birdwatchers and predators alike can be fooled into chasing this ghost call while the titmouse stays securely hidden out of sight.
  • Tufted Titmice are one of just a few perching birds that can use their feet to hold seeds while they break them open.
  • During the winter, Tufted Titmice forage together with chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers and Brown Creepers.
  • The Tufted Titmouse has been expanding its range northward since the 1940s and is now found almost to the Canadian border across most of its range. Speculation for the expansion suggests warming winter temperatures and the increase in mature woodland habitat.

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