Saturday, 15 August 2009

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Adult Blue Tit (subspecies C. c. obscurus) at Geddington, Northants - March 2010

OTHER NAMES: Tom Tit, Blue Spick
Featured Subspecies: Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus
Weight: 11g
Length: 12cm
Wingspan: 18cm
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The commonest British tit, the blue tit is widely spread, numerous and one of the commonest bird feeder visitors. It is probably more numerous in the countryside but really anywhere with sufficient amount of vegetation could probably support some. Photographing it at bird tables is probably your best bet, and bird tables at nature reserves should be able to get you some great closeups.

Further Information:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Cyanistes
Subspecies: C. c. caeruleus, C. c.obscurus, C. c. ogliastrae, C. c. balearicus, C. c. satunini, C. c. calamensis, C. c. orientalis, C. c. raddei, C. c. persicus   

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Abundant resident (3,600,000 territories) and massively abundant Winter visitor (15,000,000 birds)
 - Seen at sites including Rutland Water Rainham Marshes, Regent's ParkBrigstock, Pitsford Reservoir and Geddington.    

Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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