Saturday, 15 August 2009

Great Tit (Parus major)

Adult Great Tit (subspecies P. m. newtoni) at Oare Marshes, Kent - November 2010

OTHER NAMES: Ox-eye, Saw Whetter, Ackimule
Featured Subspecies: Parus major newtoni
Weight: 16-21g
Length: 12.5-14cm
Wingspan: 22-25cm
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

After the blue tit, the Great Tit comes into an easy second place in terms of most common tit species found in the UK. It is found widely in gardens, parks and woodland. It is also the largest tit in the UK (hence the name) and so may push other tit species off feeders, and has even been recorded predating them on rare occasion. They should be relatively easy to photograph, although I've found getting a nice photo harder than would be expected, as they seem to twitch around a bit when not in cover.


Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Parus
Subspecies: P. m. newtoni, P. m. major, P. m. kapustini, P. m. corsusP. m. mallorcae, P. m. ecki, P. m. excelsus, P. m. aphrodite, P. m. niethammeri, P. m. terraesanctae, P. m. blanfordi, P. m. intermedius, P. m. bokharensis, P. m. ferghanensisP. m. turkestanicus

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Very common resident in numerous locations (2,500,000 territories) 
 - Seen at sites including Rutland WaterRegent's ParkBrigstock, Pitsford Reservoir and Geddington.
   
Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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