Tufted Titmouse

While Chickadees and Titmice are of the same family and are similar in appearance, the Titmouse is distinguished by the crest on his head. Both species are highly territorial and non-migratory. They’re voracious insect-eaters during the breeding season, and become gregarious seed-eaters afterwards.

The Tufted Titmouse is the most common of North American titmice, and he’s also the largest and most fearless. In recent decades, the Tufted Titmouse has expanded his range northward into southern Canada, where he’s a most welcome visitor.

Titmice nest in trees, frequently in abandoned woodpecker cavities, where they have a single brood of 5 – 6 eggs each spring.

When a titmouse finds a large seed or a nut, you’ll see it carry the prize to a perch and then crack it with sharp whacks of its stout bill. They hoard food in fall and winter, a behavior they share with chickadees. Titmice will take full advantage of a birdfeeder’s bounty by storing as many seeds and nuts as they can get. The birds take only one seed per trip and usually shell the seeds before hiding them.

Both Titmice and Chickadees can be enticed to eat from your hand, with very little effort. In fact, if you visit a site where the Chickadees are hand-fed regularly, you will have them landing on your head and shoulders, looking for food. They’re delightful little birds.

Dufferin Islands
Niagara Falls, Ontario

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