Monday, 9 November 2009

Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris)

Adult Marsh Tit (subspecies P. p. palustris) at Geddington, Northants -  July 2010

Featured Subspecies: Poecile palustris palustris
Weight: 12g
Length: 11.5-12cm
Wingspan: 19cm
UK RED LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The biggest issue with the Marsh Tit is that it looks effectively identical to the Willow Tit. On the Marsh Tit side of things this isn't necessarily a huge issue as it is the more common of the two so assuming "marsh" is relatively safe unless you have information to the contrary. They are also very much "flitty" birds - moving in and out of cover making it difficult to photograph them or even confirm their identity (a pale patch at the base of the beak being the most easy visual way). They are most frequently encountered in flocks of various tits.

Related Species:

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Poecile
Subspecies: P. p. palustris, P. p. stagnatilis, P. p. kabardensis, P. p. italicus, P. p. brevirostris, P. p. ernsti, P. p. hensoni, P. p. hellmayri      

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Uncommon breeding species (41,000 territories)
 - Birds seen at Rutland WaterPitsford Reservoir and Geddington.

Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuidesBirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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