Great-Tit

Great-Tit

The Great Tit is one of the best sights to see with its stunning strong black stripe with yellow sides that lead to blue wings and it’s black and white head. The sight of these birds makes me smile with delight. The male has a wider stripe than the female. Great Tits are larger than the Blue Tit and tend to dominate and intimidate the smaller bird. They build a nest wherever they can find a suitable hole, with nest boxes being a favourite. The nest is made from grass and moss and anything soft that can be used to line the nest. They lay around 6 to 12 eggs which take about 14 days to incubate. Both the adults feed the chicks with a vast selection of aphids, nuts, fruit seeds, spiders and most foods that are put out on bird tables and in feeders. It is only the female that incubates the eggs, which are smooth and glossy, and white with purplish-red spots. They have two broods during the spring and summer, and the chicks fledge and are completely independent after four weeks.

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