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Tufted Titmouse - BirdForum Opus

Photo by mw_aurora
Westford, Massachusetts, USA
Baeolophus bicolor


Photo by Deerbird
Kentucky, October 2017

11·5–14 cm (4½-5½ in)

  • Grey upperparts
  • White face
  • Grey crest
  • Pale underparts
  • Rusty sides
  • White lores
  • Black forehead


Eastern North America: found from south-central Canada (Ontario) to east, central and south-eastern US.


Black-crested Titmouse was recently split from this species leaving only the nominate subspecies. Not all authorities agree with this split.

This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowland deciduous and mixed woods as well as gardens, parks and shrubland.



The diet consists mostly of small invertebrates, such as weevils, beetles, bugs, ants, wasps and bees.They are common at feeders.


They are monogamous forming a life-long partnership. Breeding is in early spring. The courtship ritual includes the male offering food to the female. The female builds the nest in a tree hole, either a natural cavity or sometimes an old woodpecker nest. The nest is lined with soft materials, sometimes plucking hair from a live animal such as a dog. There are usually 4-8 white eggs with brown speckles.


Song: a high whistled Peter, Peter
Calls: several imitations of Black-capped Chickadee
Also, a high, weezy tzeer see


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)
  3. BF Member observations

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