Blue Tit

Parus caeruleus

About

Smaller than Great Tits, Blue Tits are also birds of woodland, parks and gardens where they nest in holes in trees, but are just as happy to use nestboxes as substitutes. Tits are active feeders, hunting out insects and spiders amongst the smaller branches of trees in woodlands. But they are also well-adapted to gardens and towns and will visit birdtables and peanut feeders, and are even famed for breaking the tops of milk bottles and taking the creamy top off the milk. In winter, they will form flocks with other tits, roaming the countryside and visiting gardens in groups. Blue Tits have a trilling song: 'tsee-tsee-tsee'.

How to identify

Unmistakeable: Blue Tits are colourful little birds with blue caps, white cheeks, black eyestripes, greeny-blue backs, yellow bellies, and blue wings and tails.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

You can help to look after Blue Tits and other garden birds by providing food and water for them - it doesn't matter if you have a big garden or live in a high-rise flat, there are plenty of feeders, baths and food choices out there to suit all kinds of situations. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started. To buy bird food or feeders, visit the Vine House Farm website - an award-winning wildlife-friendly farm which gives 5% of all its takings to The Wildlife Trusts.

Species information

Common name
Blue Tit
Latin name
Parus caeruleus
Category
Birds
Tits, goldcrests and warblers
Statistics
Length: 12cm Wingspan: 18cm Weight: 11g Average Lifespan: 3 years
Conservation status
Common.