|Coal Tit Periparus ater
(aka Parus ater)
Edinburgh & Kingussie, Scotland and Cheli La, Bhutan
The Coal Tit is distributed throughout most of Europe and into most of Asia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is normally found in conifer woodland where spruce seeds are a favourite food but it is also found in mixed forest and woodland.
|It is slightly smaller than a Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus with
a shorter tail. Its principal features are the black head with white cheeks and white nape patch and the two white wing-bars. British birds are
olive-grey on the upperparts though this colour varies in other parts of its range.
Apart from seeds it eats insects and spiders.
|Photos 5 and 6 were taken in Bhutan and are of the subspecies P. a. aemodius. My first reaction when I saw it was that it was a new species for me. The large crest and large white patch on the nape quite confused me from linking this bird with the Coal Tits of Scotland but it is the same species.|
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