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9 Interesting Facts about Blue Tits

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9 Interesting Facts about Blue Tits

Chances are you’ll see more than a few blue tits in your garden this year. They’re one of the most common birds in the UK. If you’d like to know more about these beautiful garden visitors, take a look at our 9 blue tit facts:

#1 Blue tits are one of our most instantly recognisable garden birds. Their blue, yellow, white and green plumage make them a very attractive garden visitor. Females and juveniles are usually a little less vibrant in colour than males.

#2 Blue tits are on average 12cm in length. They have an 18cm wingspan. And they tend to weigh just 11g – that’s around the same as a £2 coin or an AAA battery.  

#3 Blue tits are common throughout the whole of the UK, with just a few exceptions. You won’t find blue tits on the Scottish islands of Orkney or Shetland.

#4 Blue tits eat insects, seeds and nuts. They particularly love peanuts and can often be found flocking around garden peanut feeders. When it comes to feeding their young, however, they seek out moth caterpillars and are prepared to travel a fair distance to find them.

#5 During mating season, a male blue tit will fluff out his feathers and rotate backwards and forwards, his head tilted back slightly. He may also bring foodie treats such as caterpillars to try and tempt a female.

#6 British blue tits stay in the UK all year round. In fact, they rarely move far from where they first hatched. Sometimes their numbers are increased by migratory blue tits from northern Europe.

#7 Blue tits are social birds. They can be spotted in flocks of up to 20 strong and are often seen feeding alongside other bird species, including goldcrests and great tits.

#8 Female blue tits usually lay around 7 to 13 eggs in a clutch. However, clutches as large as 19 eggs have been recorded. The first clutches of the season are laid in late April.

#9 The blue tit will happily set up home in a nest box. They choose boxes with smaller holes (around 25mm in diameter) so larger, more dominant bird species don’t try to muscle in. They can also be seen inspecting nest boxes early in the year and using them as a winter roost.

Encouraging blue tits to visit your garden is easy. Just provide plenty of peanuts and an inviting nest box and you’re sure to see more of them over the year to come.

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