Distribution: A common widespread resident bird throughout the UK and Europe.
Habitat: Can be found in any mixed woodland but the bird has a distinct preference for coniferous trees. The Coal Tit is a frequent visitor to garden bird feeders in the winter.
Notes: The Coal tit is one of the smallest European birds frequently seen in mixed winter flocks of other tits. Male and female birds are similar but juvenile birds have yellowish coloured cheek patches.
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White wing and shoulder bars
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Note the distinctive white nape patch which distinguishes it from all of the other common tits. The white cheeks and large black bib are also clearly shown in the photo.
This photo illustrates how the birds white nape patch can be hidden, the white cheek patches and wing bars are still visible along with the large black bib. When not at winter bird tables it is most frequently seen feeding high in conifers.