Tufted Titmouse

Baeolophus bicolor

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Titmice and Chickadees (Paridae)

Code 4

TUTI

Code 6

BAEBIC

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Tufted Titmouse has a large range, estimated globally at 3,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and Canada, this bird prefers shrubland or forest ecosystems, though it can live on arable land or even in urban areas. The global population of this bird is estimated at 12,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Tufted Titmouse is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Tufted Titmouse: The largest titmouse, it has gray upperparts, pale gray underparts, rust-brown flanks. Head has dark gray cap and crest, pale gray face, and white eye-ring. Bill is black. Wings and tail are gray. Legs and feet are gray. Most spend their entire lives not far from their birthplace.


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.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

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

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Most Tufted Titmice live their entire life within a few kilometers of their birthplace.
  • In Cherokee legend, they are regarded as messengers.
  • They only occur in areas where rainfall is greater than 24 inches per year, and are more common where rainfall exceeds 32 inches per year.
  • A group of titmice are collectively known as a "banditry" and a "dissimulation" of titmice.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Tufted Titmouse

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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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