Long-tailed Tit

      Aegithalos caudatus

      Information

      The Long-tailed Tit counts among the smallest bird species, however, it seems larger due to its long tail and fluffed up plumage. The birds are social, live almost all year round in groups and spend cold nights huddled together to increase survival. Long-tailed Tits do not have a loud territorial song but utter a soft twittering. Extra adults help to defend nests and to feed the young. The constant high-pitched contact calls often betray the presence of the small, restless acrobats in the branches even before they are seen. Thanks to their light weight and long tail that is used to balance, they are able to skilfully move to the tips of branches.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      common breeding resident
      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)
      20'000 - 35'000 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      predominantly resident
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      13-15
      wing span (cm)
      16-19
      Weight (g)
      7-9
      Nest site
      trees, bushes
      Food
      insects, spiders
      Group
      Long-tailed Tits
      Habitat
      forest, orchards, settlements
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution