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Blue Tit Scientific name: Cyanistes caeruleusLength: 11.5cm
Status: Resident breeding species Wingspan: 17.5-20cm
Breeding pairs: 3,600,000Weight: 9-12.5g
Wintering birds: 15 million
Conservation status: Green

Description: Blue tits have bright blue caps and a bold black eye-stripe bordered by white cheeks. The wings are bright blue and the underparts are yellow, with a faint black stripe on the belly.

The female is slightly paler than the male and juvenile blue tits are duller with yellow cheeks and greener upperparts and crown.

Nesting: Blue tits will nest in any small holes including unusual places like postboxes and are common occupants of nest boxes. They construct nests from soft downy material such as wool, moss and spider webs.

Blue tits lay large clutches of eggs around mid-April; typically between 10-12 but sometimes as much as 16.

The smooth, glossy eggs are white with red speckles and are incubated by female blue tits for 13-15 days. The young fledge after around 16-22 days.

Feeding: Blue tits feed mainly on caterpillars, seeds and nuts. They will also eat fruit and nectar from plants.

With their incredible agility and ability to learn from others blue tits are quick to exploit new food sources, making them a common visitor to bird feeders.

Where to see them: Blue tits can be seen all year round in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. They are widespread throughout the whole of the UK except some remote Scottish Islands.
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Credit: Timo S.

Did you know? A pair of blue tits will feed up to 15,000 flies or caterpillars to their fledglings over just three weeks.
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