Oak Titmouse

Baeolophus inornatus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Titmice and Chickadees (Paridae)

Code 4

OATI

Code 6

BAEINO

ITIS

Egg Color:

White, sometimes with red brown spots



Number of Eggs:

6 - 8



Incubation Days:

14 - 16



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

In a natural cavity, abandoned woodpecker hole, or nest box.



Nest Material:

Grass and moss lined with bark, feathers, and hair.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Oak Titmouse: Medium-sized titmouse with pale, brown-tinged gray upperparts and paler face and underparts. Sexes are similar. Juvenile has shorter crest.

Range and Habitat

Oak Titmouse: This species is a resident from southern Oregon south along the Pacific coast and to inland areas of California south to the northern Baja Peninsula. Its preferred habitats include live oaks and deciduous growth, including oak woodlands, streamside cottonwoods, forest edges, and oak-juniper woodlands.

Breeding and Nesting

Oak Titmouse: Six to eight white eggs, sometimes with red brown spots, are laid in a tree cavity, fence-post hole, or crevice in an old building, stuffed with grass, fur, and some feathers. Incubation ranges from 14 to 16 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Oak Titmouse: Eats a variety of seeds, including acorns, and insects, which it gleans from trunks, branches, and foliage. May cling beneath branches or cones to pick off food; holds large seeds between its feet and pounds them open with jackhammer-like raps with its bill.

Readily Eats

Suet, Sunflower Seed

Vocalization

Oak Titmouse: Emits a harsh, fussy "see-dee-dee" or "chick-a-dee-dee."

Similar Species

Oak Titmouse: Juniper Titmouse is slightly larger, paler gray overall, and has a different voice.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X