Willow Tit

Poecile montanus

About

This bird is strongly associated with wet woodland and willow carr growing in wetlands, bogs and around gravel pits.  The willow tit is so similar to the marsh tit that it was not recognised as a separate species until 1900. 

 

This species has a strong neck, giving it a bolshy apprearance, as it excavates its own nest-hole, which is unusual amongst the tit family.  This species eats mostly insects but will also eat berries and seeds when food is scarce in the winter.    

How to identify

This black, pale brown and white tit is easily be confused with the marsh tit but the willow tit has a pale panel on the wings and a dull balck cap. It has a distinctive nasal zee, zee, zee call which is often the most reliable way to I.D the bird.

Where to find it

Wet woodlands and willow carr

Habitats

When to find it

  • January

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Species information

Common name
Willow Tit
Latin name
Poecile montanus
Category
Birds
Tits, goldcrests and warblers
Statistics
Somewhere between the size of a great and blue tit
Conservation status
Red listed species as its population has declined severly in recent years