The female bird lacks the black mark on the face of the male and her head is a pale brown colour unlike the males blue-grey head.
Distribution: A very localised bird, resident in small breeding areas throughout Europe and only in the South East of the UK where there are around 630 breeding pair. Numbers in the UK can be boosted in Winter by passage migrants and winter visitors.
Habitat: Found exclusively in areas of large reedbeds.
Notes: The Bearded Tit sometimes called the Bearded Reedling is not actually a Tit at all but belongs to a family called Panuridae; so far no other bird has been identified as belonging to that family which makes the Bearded Tit a unique bird.
It is most often heard in dense reedbeds before it is seen with it's loud metallic 'pinging' call. It is a distinctive bird unlikely to be confused with any other, especially due to it's localised and known breeding areas.
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