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Bearded Tit Scientific name: Panurus biarmicusLength: 12cm
Status: Resident breeding species Wingspan: 17cm
Breeding pairs: 630Weight: 15g
Wintering birds:
Conservation status: Amber

Description: Also known as bearded reedlings, bearded tits are orangey-brown birds with a long tail. They have grey heads and a black moustache rather than a beard, a yellow bill and eyes.

Female bearded tits are less colourful and do not have a moustache.

Nesting: Bearded tits build their nests among the stems of reeds, sedges and other marsh vegetation. The cup-shaped nest is made from dead leaves and lined with flowers, feathers and hair.

They lay 4-8 creamy-white eggs with brown markings which are incubated by both parents for 10-14 days.

Feeding: Bearded tits eat mainly invertebrates in the summer and seeds in the late autumn and winter.

They forage in wetlands, muddy grounds and the edges of open water.

Where to see them: Bearded tits are found only in reedbeds and can be spotted all year round.
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Credit: Jarek Matusiak

Did you know? A bearded tit is not actually a tit but is a unique species that sits in its own taxonomic group Panuridae.


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