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Aegithalos caudatus europaeus
The tiny long-tailed tit (13–15 cm in length, including its 7–9 cm tail) is the only representative of the family Aegithalidae in northern Eurasia. Due to their small size these birds are vulnerable to extreme cold weather, with high population losses seen with prolonged cold. Populations seem to rapidly return to previous levels due to high breeding rates. Spotted here on a snowy day looking for food close to houses.
Remnant forest patch, rural.
The long-tailed tit exhibits complex global variation with 19 recognized local races. The subspecies europaeus seen here shows two black bands on the head and is found in southern and western Europe, north-east China, and Japan.
Spotted on Jan 20, 2015
Submitted on Feb 5, 2015
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