Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Coal Tit (Periparus ater)

Adult Coal Tit (subspecies P. a. britannicus) at Brigstock, Northants - March 2012

Featured Subspecies: Periparus ater britannicus
Weight: 8-10g
Length: 11.5cm
Wingspan: 17-21cm
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Coal Tit is probably the third most likely of the tits to turn up at your bird feeder, although trailing a long way behind Blue and Great. It is actually adapted to feed in conifers and as such it is probably more likely to come into the garden if you are relatively nearby some. It is most easily differentiated from other tits by the white streak on the back of its head, which easily separates it from the otherwise comparably coloured Marsh and Willow tits, although the more blue-tit like proportions and the blue-grey rather than brown back are the other big hints..

Related Species:
Family: Paridae
Genus: Periparus
Subspecies: P. a. hibernicus, P. a. britannicus, P. a. ater, P. a. vieirae, P. a. sardus, P. a. atlas, P. a. ledouci, P. a. cypriotes, P. a. moltchanovi, P. a. derjugini, P. a. michalowskii, P. a. phaeonotus, P. a. rufipectus, P. a. aemodius, P. a. pekinensis, P. a. kuatunensis, P. a. ptilosus, P. a. insularis, P. a. melanolophus   

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Common and widespread resident (760,000 territories)
 - Birds seen at a large number of sites, including but not limited to Rutland Water, Brigstock and Geddington.
SPAIN - Resident.
 - MADRID 2015 TRIP: Single bird seen in Madrid.          

Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List

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