Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
The Long-tailed Tit, with it's small round appearance and long tail is unlikely to be confused with any other bird. In winter it is usually seen in small flocks calling to each other as they move along a hedgerow feeding. In cold weather they often look like balls of fluffy feathers with little shape.

Long-tailed Tit

Aegithalos caudatus
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Order: Passeriformes

Family: Aegithalidae

Genus: Aegithalos

Species: A. caudatus
Key identification points of a Long-tailed 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)
Long thin black tail
Dull white crown
Pink and brown back
Small bill
Dull white underside
Small round appearance
Long-tailed Tit
A common widespread resident bird throughout Europe and the UK.
Can be found in almost any area of bushes, trees, gardens and hedges.

The Long-tailed Tit looks unlike any other commonly found bird, usually seen in family groups during the summer months or large feeding groups in winter.
The bird is well known for it's amazing nest, a dome which it constructs from spiders webs covered in lichen. The nest stretches as the chicks grow and is relatively weather proof.