Aegithalos caudatus - Long-tailed tit:

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Summary Information
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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
  • Aegithalos caudatus caudatus - Long-tailed tit (B89)
  • Aegithalos caudatus europaeus - European tit (B89)
  • Aegithalos caudatus alpinus - Alpine tit (B89)
  • -- (B164)
Distribution Palearctic (B89)
Habitat Breeding - "Open woodland, with thick understory; thick hedges" (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly insects
  • feeding behaviour - foliage gleans


  • location and structure - sphere nest in shrubs, sometimes in deciduous tree
  • nest building - male and female
  • breeding structure - monogamous, cooperative


  • markings - unpatterned, sometimes with redish spots
  • number of eggs - 8-12 (6-15)
  • broods - one brood
  • incubation - by female; 13-17 days


  • development - Altricial
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 14-18 days

(B163, B164)

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