Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Adult Male
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.
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.
Found exclusively in areas of large reedbeds.
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.

Bearded Tit

Panurus biarmicus
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Play call/song
Tits & Allies Menu
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Panuridae

Genus: Panurus

Species: P. biarmicus
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Key identification points of the Bearded Tit
Other Tit's
Marsh tit
Shiny black cap
Plain winged
White face
Grey-brown upperparts
Grey-buff underparts
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Willow Tit (Rare)
Dull black cap
Pale wing panel
White face
Dull brown back
Warm orange buff flanks
Long-tailed Tit
Long thin tail
Dull white head
Pink and brown back
White underside
Small round appearance
Blue Tit
Small blue and yellow bird
White cheeks
Bright blue cap
Dark line through eye
Black chin
Great Tit
Shiny black head
Bold white cheek
Black stripe down breast
Bright yellow underside
Large for a Paridae
Coal Tit
Black head with white nape patch
Greyish back
Bright buff underside
Large black bib
Two white wing bars
Crested Tit
Pointed distinctive crest
White face
Buff underside
Plain wings, no wing bars
Brown back
Crested Tit
Blue-grey head
Rufus brown body
Streaked wings
Long tail
Black mark down face on male
Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit
Penduline Tit
Broad black mark across face
Red-brown back
Dull white underside
Pale grey face
Red-brown band on wings
Penduline Tit (Rare)
Blue-grey head
Black mark down face
Rufus brown body
Streaked wings
Long tail
Pale tawny underside
Bearded Tit juvenile
Bearded Tit
Adult Female
The juvenile bird has more black on the wings and tail and usually has black around the eye but not always. The juvenile female bird has a grey bill and the juvenile male bird has a yellow bill.
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