Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

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name = Tufted Titmouse

image_width = 240px
image_caption = Johnston County, North Carolina
status = LC
status_system = iucn3.1
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
subclassis = Neornithes
infraclassis = Neognathae
superordo = Neoaves
ordo = Passeriformes
subordo = Passeri
infraordo = Passerida
familia = Paridae
genus = "Baeolophus"
species = "B. bicolor"
binomial = "Baeolophus bicolor"
binomial_authority = (Linnaeus, 1766)Verify source|date=January 2008

range_map_width = 240px
range_map_caption = Combined range of Tufted Titmouse and Black-crested Titmouse

The Tufted Titmouse, "Baeolophus bicolor", is a small songbird from North America, a species in the tit and chickadee family (Paridae). The Black-crested Titmouse, found from central and southern Texas southwards, was included as a subspecies but is now considered a separate species "B. atricristatus".These birds have grey upperparts and white underparts with a white face, a grey crest, a dark forehead and a short stout bill; they have rust-coloured flanks. The song is usually described as a whistled "peter-peter-peter". They make a variety of different sounds, most having a similar tone quality.

The habitat is deciduous and mixed woods as well as gardens, parks and shrubland [OOS (2004)] in the eastern United States; they barely range into southeastern Canada in the Great Lakes region. They are all-year residents in the area effectively circumscribed by the Great Plains, the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The range is expanding northwards, possibly due to increased availability of winter food at bird feeders. Maybe global warming is a factor too; the birds are nowadays resident all year even in rural Ohio where there are few bird feeders, while it was noted around 1905 that many birds from these areas migrated south in winter [Henninger (1906), OOS (2004)] .

They forage actively on branches, sometimes on the ground, mainly eating insects, especially caterpillars, but also seeds, nuts and berries. They will store food for later use. Tufted titmice tend to be curious about their human neighbors and can sometimes be spotted on window ledges peering into the windows to watch what's going on inside. They are more shy when seen at bird feeders; their normal pattern there is to scout the feeder from the cover of trees or bushes, fly to the feeder, take a seed, and fly back to cover to eat it.

Tufted Titmice nest in a hole in a tree, either a natural cavity or sometimes an old woodpecker nest. They line the nest with soft materials, sometimes plucking hair from a live animal such as a dog. If they find shed snake skin, they will try to incorporate pieces of it in their nest [Medlin & Risch (2006)] . Sometimes, a bird born the year before remains to help its parents raise the next year's young. The pair may remain together and defend their territory year-round. These birds are permanent residents and often join small mixed flocks in winter.

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* Kin selection



*|year=2004|id=52119|title=Baeolophus bicolor|downloaded=12 May 2006 Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
* (1906): A preliminary list of the birds of Seneca County, Ohio. "Wilson Bull." 18(2): 47-60. [http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Wilson/DJVU/v018n02/P0047-P0060.djvu DjVu fulltext] [http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Wilson/v018n02/p0047-p0060.pdf PDF fulltext]
* (2006) An experimental test of snake skin use to deter nest predation [English with Spanish abstract] . "Condor" 108(4): 963-965. DOI:10.1650/0010-5422(2006)108 [963:AETOSS] 2.0.CO;2 [http://www.bioone.org/perlserv/?request=get-abstract&doi=10.1650%2F0010-5422%282006%29108%5B963%3AAETOSS%5D2.0.CO%3B2 HTML abstract] [http://www.conservationevidence.com/ViewEntry.asp?ID=578 Summary at conservationevidence.com]
* (2004): Annotated Ohio state checklist. Version of April 2004. [http://www.ohiobirds.org/publications/OBRClist.pdf PDF fulltext]

External links

* [http://ibc.hbw.com/ibc/phtml/especie.phtml?idEspecie=7433 Tufted Titmouse videos] on the Internet Bird Collection
* [http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Tufted_Titmouse.html Tufted Titmouse Species Account] - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
* [http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i7310id.html Tufted Titmouse - baeolophus bicolor] - USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter
* [http://www.sdakotabirds.com/species/tufted_titmouse_info.htm Tufted Titmouse Information] - South Dakota Birds and Birding
* [http://www.thomasoneil.com/species2.php?n=102 A couple of images]

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