Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
Both the male and female are identified by a grey crest, grey top feathers, black forehead patch, white breast and belly with a buff color patch at it's flanks. Juveniles will lack the black forehead and buff flank under the wing. Adult birds are about 6" in length. Identification is rather easy seeing how no other small bird in New York has a grey crest.
What Do They Eat?
They will eat insects, seeds and nuts and are no stranger to back yard suet feeders. This enterprising bird can be seen grasping larger nuts and seeds in its tiny feet and hammering on the hard shell with its beak until the inner core is exposed. They will also hoard food for the winter
Mating & Nesting
Nesting is done in the holes of trees, usually cavities made by woodpeckers. The nesting holes can be found lined with animal hair gathered from live animals such as raccoons, opposums, house pets and other fur bearing creatures.
Adult pairs can be seen year round as males and females mate for life. Breeding occurs around April & May. Females lay 5-6 finely brown speckled, white eggs that incubate for about two weeks (12-14 days). After hatching, young birds may stay with their parents long enough to help with the following years nesting before leaving.
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