Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Note the distinctiveness of the birds black and white crest and face.

Crested Tit

Lophophanes cristatus
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Order: Passeriformes

Family: Paridae

Genus: Lophophanes

Species: L. cristatus
Key identification points of a Crested 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)
Black and white mottled crest
Black and white face
Buff underside
Plain warm brown back
Brown tail
Black bib
Crested Tit
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Widespread across most of Europe where there are some concerns that the population is declining. In the UK the bird is only found in Northern Scotland where there are around 1500 breeding pairs.
Although the bird can be found in mixed woodland the Crested Tit is a bird of natural uncultivated mature pine forests.
Being the only European tit with a crest, the Crested Tit is easy to identify, especially in the UK where the population is confined to the Caladonian pine forests of Northern Scotland. The birds favourite nesting site is a rotten pine tree where it excavates a hole, however it is not unknown for the bird to nest in a hole in the ground.