Black-crested Titmouse

Baeolophus atricristatus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Titmice and Chickadees (Paridae)

Code 4

BCTI

Code 6

BAEATR

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Black-crested Titmouse is a small songbird that measures 5 ½ to 6 inches at maturity. Its native homeland ranges from southern Texas and Oklahoma to east-central Mexico. This species loves to live wherever there is rampant tree growth, as they nest in hollow tree cavities. In areas of urbanization, the Black-crested Titmouse will also nest in telephone poles, fence posts or man-made birdhouses. Urban shade trees, heavy timber and deciduous forests may all be home to the Black-crested Titmouse. It enjoys feeding on nuts, seeds, berries, spiders, insects and insect eggs. This species’ conservation rating is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Black-crested Titmouse: Large titmouse with gray upperparts, pale gray underparts, and rust-brown flanks. The head has black cap and crest, pale gray face, and pale eye-ring. Wings and tail are gray. Gray legs and feet. Was once considered a subspecies of the Tufted Titmouse. AKA Mexican Titmouse.


Range and Habitat

Black-crested Titmouse: Native resident to central and southern Texas, extreme southern Oklahoma, the Rio Grande River Valley, and east-central Mexico. Common in a variety of wooded habitats: deciduous, heavy timber or urban shade trees. Prefers to nest in cavities in trees, telephone poles, fence posts and bird boxes.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"peto,peto,peto", "peter-peter-peter"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Black-crested Titmouse has an alarm call that is a loud scold that fades away, causing predators to think they are fleeing while they actually stay safely hidden nearby.
  • They will eat snow when liquid water is not available.
  • To eat acorns, they will hold them with their feet and pound them open with their bills.
  • A group of titmice are collectively known as a "banditry" and a "dissimulation" of titmice.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Black-crested Titmouse

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
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