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UK Nature  > Birds  > Cyanistes caeruleus

Scientific Name:   Cyanistes caeruleus
Common Name:   Blue Tit

Approximately 12cm in length, Cyanistes caeruleus, more commonly known as the Blue Tit, has a bright blue crown, white cheeks and yellow breast, all making this a very easy bird to identify, even for a novice bird-watcher.

It has a wide range of calls and songs, most of which are variations on a theme of "tsee-tsee-tsit" or "tsee-tsee-tsu-tsu". As far as food goes, they are omnivorous, but with a strong bias towards caterpillars and other insect food. Buds, small seeds and fruit contribute to their diet and they will take almost everything offered on bird tables.

They build their nests in a hole, usually in a tree or wall, but will readily accept a nestbox with a small entrance hole. The nest, built by the female, is made mainly from moss and dead leaves and is lined with hair and feathers. Habitat is woods, hedgerows, gardens, parks and almost anywhere with scattered trees and shrubs. Resident throughout the UK.
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