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© Copyright: Images: Jari Peltomäki, M. & W. von Wright: Svenska fåglar (Kansalliskirjasto, The National Library of Finland). Recording: Jan-Erik Bruun. All rights reserved.

Siberian Tit

Poecile cinctus

  • Lat. synonym: Parus cinctus
  • Family: Tits – Paridae
  • Appearance: A brownish tit almost as large as the Great Tit, with a dark greyish-brown and black bib. Back a warmish brown colour and flanks largely rusty brown.
  • Size: Length 12.5–14 cm, weight 11–14 g.
  • Nest: Often in an old woodpecker hole or nest-box, though may also excavate nest-hole. Made of moss, lined with hair and occasionally grouse feathers.
  • Breeding: 5–11 eggs laid in May, incubated by female for 15 days. Fledglings leave nest after about 19 days.
  • Distribution: Lives in forests in Northern Finland. Densities greatest in old coniferous forests. Finnish breeding population estimated at 50,000–100,000 pairs.
  • Migration: Sedentary. May range into southern regions of Finland during some years.
  • Diet: Seeds, invertebrates.
  • Calls: Call similar to that of Willow Tit “tsay tsay”.

Siberian Tits are almost as large as Great Tits, but in their plumage they more closely resemble the Willow Tit. They have dark brown caps and backs, and a black bib that is clearly larger than the bib patches on Willow Tits. Their underparts are pale grey. Their flanks have a rusty colouring which varies between individuals and may be absent altogether on some birds. Their wings and tail are generally blackish, though newly fledged feathers have paler edges. They have longer tails than Willow Tits, dark brown legs, black beaks and reddish-brown irises.

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