Tufted Titmouse

Baeolophus bicolor

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Titmice and Chickadees (Paridae)

Code 4

TUTI

Code 6

BAEBIC

ITIS

Egg Color:

Creamy white with brown speckles



Number of Eggs:

4 - 8



Incubation Days:

13 - 14



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

3-90 feet above ground., In natural cavity, bird box, or woodpecker hole.



Nest Material:

Lined with bark, leaves, soft grass and moss, snakeskin, and bits of animal fur and hair.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Tufted Titmouse: Large titmouse with gray upperparts, pale gray underparts, and rust-brown flanks. Head has dark gray cap and crest, pale gray face, and white eye-ring. Wings and tail are gray. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is duller.

Range and Habitat

Tufted Titmouse: This resident species breeds from eastern Nebraska south to the Gulf Coast of Texas and across the eastern states from Florida north to southern Maine. Its range also extends to extreme southern Ontario and Quebec. Its preferred habitats include swampy or moist woodlands, and urban shade trees.

Breeding and Nesting

Tufted Titmouse: Four to eight brown-speckled, creamy white eggs are laid in a natural cavity, bird box, or woodpecker hole lined with bark, leaves, soft grass, moss, snakeskin, and bits of animal fur. Incubation ranges from 13 to 14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Tufted Titmouse: Eats insects, spiders, snails, various berries, acorns, and seeds. Forages in trees, sometimes upside down; often in mixed species flocks

Readily Eats

Suet, Sunflower Seed

Vocalization

Tufted Titmouse: Song is a bold, high-pitched, whistled "peter, peter; peter" or "peto,peto,peto." Call varies from high-pitched, thin squeaky notes to low, harsh, fussy scolding notes.

Similar Species

Tufted Titmouse: Phainopepla is larger and dull gray overall.

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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
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X