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Woodcroft Wildspace
Downes Court


N21 3PT

Great Tit (Parus major)

The great tit is the largest of the tit species in Britain. Its plumage is green and yellow with a glossy black head and white cheeks. The adult length is14 cm and it has a wingspan of 22.5-25.5 cm. Fully grown it weighs 14-22g.

It is naturally a woodland bird, found in open deciduous woods and conifer woods, but it will happily live in hedgerows, parks and gardens. It needs mature trees with holes for nesting but it will use a man-made nestbox. The great tit can be seen at any time of the year.

It eats insects, nuts and seeds. It will feed from a bird table and will often aggressively fight off smaller tits. In winter it joins up with other tit species to look for food.

Great tits have a distinctive song which sounds like 'tea-cher tea-cher' repeated many times.

A large clutch of 6-11 eggs is laid, hatching in 12-15 days. The young fledge at 16-22 days.

Lifespan is up to 10 years.

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