Black-crested Titmouse

Baeolophus atricristatus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Titmice and Chickadees (Paridae)

Code 4

BCTI

Code 6

BAEATR

ITIS

Egg Color:

White with brown spots



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

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

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Black-crested Titmouse: Four to eight brown spotted, 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

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

Readily Eats

Suet, Nuts, Sunflower

Vocalization

Black-crested 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

Black-crested Titmouse: Tufted Titmouse, Juniper Titmouse, and Oak Titmouse lack black crest. Bridled Titmouse has black mask and throat.

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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