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    Eurasian Penduline Tit

    Remiz pendulinus

    Information

    The Eurasian Penduline Tit is the only species of its family to occur outside Africa and belongs to the most skilful nest builders among the European breeding birds. The male begins to attach plant fibres and fluffy seeds to the very tips of branches of a willow or birch tree to start the pear-shaped basic construction of the pouch-like nest which the female helps him to complete. The entrance leads through a tube-like extension. The nests are woven so artistically that in Eastern Europe they were even used as slippers for little children.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    irregular breeder, regular, scarce migrant, extremely rare winter visitor
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    0 - 1 (2011-2015)
    Migration behaviour
    predominantly short-distance migrant
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Diurnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    10-12
    wing span (cm)
    16-18
    Weight (g)
    8-11
    Nest site
    trees, bushes
    Food
    insects, seeds
    Group
    Penduline Tits
    Habitat
    wetlands
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution